Elizabeth Taylor: Three Novels
Memorably described by fellow novelist Paul Bailey as 'reports from the chintz-bedecked battlefields', the novels of Elizabeth Taylor (1912-1975) are subtle, sophisticated portraits of English domestic life, its cruelties and its inadvertent comedy. Our three are A View of the Harbour (1947), set in a small coastal community; Angel (1957), the life of a writer of very bad novels; and Taylor's penultimate book, Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont (1971). With introductions by Sarah Waters, Hilary Mantel and Paul Bailey.
Being the Further Adventures of the Treasure Seekers
E Nesbit wrote over 40 books for children, and this sequel to The Treasure Seekers sees the troublesome Bastable children vowing to mend their ways through the Society of the Wouldbegoods. Being good, however, proves harder than they think. Age 8+
Set in the 1760s, this coming-of-age novel follows the short life of young Mary Saunders who, cast onto the streets of London by her heartless mother, sells her body to survive before finding help in the Magdalen Hospital for penitent prostitutes. Seeking a better life, she travels to Monmouthshire and is hired as a dressmaker’s assistant, but further misfortune awaits her. Donahue’s eye for historical detail, particularly costume, enriches this tragic tale of adversity. Sexually explicit.