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The Sidmouth Letters

4.06 (2,320 Ratings by Goodreads)
The Sidmouth Letters

The Sidmouth Letters

4.06 (2,320 Ratings by Goodreads)
Published: 1 January, 1988
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Jane Austen's love life- long the subject of speculation- is finally, delightfully dealt with in the title story of this collection. Many of the other stories, like 'The Sidmouth Letters,' bring together past and present- with sometimes hilarious, sometimes disturbing, often intensely moving results.

With quiet elegance and devastating accuracy, Jane Gardam probes many and varied lives. We meet a trio of Kensington widows, mean-spirited and middle-aged, paying improbable tribute to a long exploited nanny; we await- with dread- a stranger to tea in an Engliish home; we witness the mercurial changes that take place in young love, and we watch as a bohemian, passionate past returns to tempt domestic bliss.

A fresh and huge delight... deliciously barbed. * GUARDIAN *
The economical exactitude of her observation makes each of these eleven stories a keen pleasure. * DAILY TELEGRAPH *
Brilliantly observed... moving. * THE TIMES *
... combines an extraordinary vivid imagination with a felicity of expression, a hugely developed sense of the absurd, and the ability to involve a reader's emotions with her characters in a few pages. * EVENING STANDARD *
She does fiction as it should be done, with confidence and insight -- Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie * Observer *

Jane Gardam is the only writer to have been twice awarded the Whitbread/Costa Prize for Best Novel of the Year, for The Queen of the Tambourine and The Hollow Land. She also holds a Heywood Hill Literary Prize for a lifetime's contribution to the enjoyment of literature. She is the author of five volumes of acclaimed stories: Black Faces, White Faces (David Higham Prize and the Royal Society of Literature's Winifred Holtby Prize); The Pangs of Love (Katherine Mansfield Prize); Going into a Dark House (Silver Pen Award from PEN); Missing the Midnight; and The People on Privilege Hill. Her novels include God on the Rocks, which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize; Faith Fox; The Flight of the Maidens; the bestselling Old Filth, which was shortlisted for the Orange Prize in 2005; The Man in the Wooden Hat; and Last Friends. Jane Gardam was born in Yorkshire. She now lives in east Kent.

Type Book
ISBN 9780349114088
Number Of Pages 160
Item Weight 140 g
Product Dimensions 126 x 196 x 18 mm
Publisher Little, Brown Book Group
Format Paperback