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