ELIZABETH TAYLOR    Book Number: 83961    Product format: Paperback

Introduced by Hilary Mantel who describes Taylor as a "writer of impeccable taste", the heroine of the story Angelica Deverell is a high priestess of schlock. The book begins in the last year of Queen Victoria's reign in the redbrick traces of the drab brewery town of Norley where Angelica, a shopkeeper's daughter, having sulked and idled through 15 years of existence, reveals to those about her that she is writing a book. Her 'fantasy' world seems too weak a word for her sense of entitlement. Angel has a tyrannical imagination. She refuses to tone down the more risqué passages of her novel in which Lady Irania's virtue is the prize in a card game. The minor characters are beautifully observed. There is Theo, her publisher, harassed but unfailingly kind, Lord Norley, the local grandee who comes calling one day, Nora the 'poetess' who is enraptured by Angel and Norley's nephew Esme, the pretty, treacherous waster who will become Angel's husband. We come to see that Angel will ruin Paradise House, and will, in restoring it to its old grandeur, build a prison for herself. Angel is a brilliant creation in this masterpiece, here is facsimile reprint, 252pp in paperback.
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ISBN 9781844083077
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