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    • ISBN:9780748131020
    • Publication date:07 Jul 2011
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Blaming

By Elizabeth Taylor

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A finely nuanced exploration of responsibility, snobbery and culture clash.

'How deeply I envy any reader coming to her for the first time!' Elizabeth Jane Howard

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A finely nuanced exploration of responsibility, snobbery and culture clash from one of the twentieth centrury's finest novelists.

When Amy's husband dies on holiday in Istanbul, she is supported by the kindly but rather slovenly Martha, a young American novelist who lives in London. Upon their return to England, Amy is ungratefully reluctant to maintain their friendship, but the skeins of their existence seem inextricably linked as grief gives way to resilience and again to tragedy. Reversals of fortune and a compelling cast of characters, including Ernie, ex-sailor turned housekeeper, and Amy's wonderfully precocious granddaughters, add spice to a novel that delights even as it unveils the most uncomfortable human emotions.

*

'Her stories remain with one, indelibly, as though they had been some turning-point in one's own experience' Elizabeth Bowen

'No writer has described the English middle classes with more gently devastating accuracy' Rebecca Abrams, Spectator

'A Game of Hide and Seek showcases much of what makes Taylor a great novelist: piercing insight, a keen wit and a genuine sense of feeling for her characters' Elizabeth Day, Guardian

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  • ISBN: 9781844083084
  • Publication date: 06 Apr 2006
  • Page count: 208
  • Imprint: Virago
A compassionate and devastating tale — Daily Mail
Jane Austen, Elizabeth Taylor, Barbara Pym, Elizabeth Bowen - soul-sisters all — Anne Tyler
Elizabeth Taylor had the keenest eye and ear for the pain lurking behind a genteel demeanour — Paul Bailey, Guardian
How deeply I envy any reader coming to her for the first time! — Elizabeth Jane Howard
How skilfully and with what peculiar exhilaration she negotiated the minefield of the human heart — Jonathan Keates, Spectator
Taylor has the genius of making her characters understood, sometimes with an almost frightening clarity, perhaps because she is compassionate as well as relentless in her delineation of them — New York Times
She's a magnificent and underrated mid-20th-century writer, the missing link between Jane Austen and John Updike — David Baddiel, Independent
A compassionate and devastating tale
Jane Austen, Elizabeth Taylor, Barbara Pym, Elizabeth Bowen - soul-sisters all
Elizabeth Taylor had the keenest eye and ear for the pain lurking behind a genteel demeanour
How deeply I envy any reader coming to her for the first time!
How skilfully and with what peculiar exhilaration she negotiated the minefield of the human heart
Taylor has the genius of making her characters understood, sometimes with an almost frightening clarity, perhaps because she is compassionate as well as relentless in her delineation of them
She's a magnificent and underrated mid-20th-century writer, the missing link between Jane Austen and John Updike
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