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Hardcover / ISBN-13: 9781844085293

Price: £14.99

ON SALE: 3rd July 2008

Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Classic Fiction (pre C 1945)

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A stunning hardback edition of Elizabeth Taylor’s wonderful novel about first love and childhood summers, with a cover design by Celia Birtwell.

During summer games of hide-and-seek Harriet falls in love with Vesey and his elusive, teasing ways. When he goes to Oxford she cherishes his photograph and waits for the letter that never comes. Then Charles enters her life, and Harriet stifles her imaginings. With a husband and daughter, she excels at respectability: ornaments on the mantlepiece, remembered birthdays and jars of lilac. But when Vesey reappears, her marriage seems to melt away. Harriet is older, it is much too late, but she is still in love with him.

First published in 1958, this is Elizabeth Taylor’s subtlest and finest work.

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Reviews

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
Her stories remain with one, indelibly, as though they had been some turning-point in one's own experience
ELIZABETH BOWEN
A magnificent and underrated mid-20th-century writer, the missing link between Jane Austen and John Updike'
Independent
A magnificent and underrated mid-20th-century writer, the missing link between Jane Austen and John Updike'
David Baddiel, Independent
Always intelligent, often subversive and never dull, Elizabeth Taylor is the thinking person's dangerous housewife. Her sophisticated prose combines elegance, icy wit and freshness in a stimulating cocktail - the perfect toast to the quiet horror of domestic life
Valerie Martin
The unsung heroine of British 20th-century fiction. Elizabeth Taylor wrote 12 novels, and each displays her exquisitely light touch, her firt for discreet irony and her skill at revealing the emotional depths behind even the meekest exterior. She is at her very best here, a novel in which love is never declared, but is meticulously evoked. No writer has described the English middle classes with more gently devastating accuracy
Rebecca Abrams, SPECTATOR
Elizabeth Taylor is finally being recognised as an important British author: an author of great subtlety, great compassion and great depth. As a reader, I have found huge pleasure in returning to Taylor's novels and short stories many times over. As a writer I've returned to her too - in awe of her achievements, and trying to work out how she does it
Sarah Waters