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A Far Cry From Kensington

A Far Cry From Kensington

‘Mercurially funny, playful and mischievous’ Ali Smith

‘I was in heaven reading this book. I think she writes like an angel . . . just blissful’ Stephen Fry

A novel of ‘pure delight’ (Claire Tomalin) by the author of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie.

When Mrs Hawkins tells Hector Bartlett he ‘urinates frightful prose’, little does she realise the repercussions. Holding that ‘no life can be carried on satisfactorily unless people are honest’ Mrs Hawkins refuses to retract her judgement, and as a consequence, loses not one, but two much-sought-after jobs in publishing. Now, years older, successful, and happily a far cry from Kensington, she looks back over the dark days that followed, in which she was embroiled in a mystery involving anonymous letters, quack remedies, blackmail and suicide.

With an introduction by Ali Smith.

‘Wonderfully entertaining.’ Sunday Telegraph

‘An outstanding novel … A Far Cry From Kensington has an effortless, translucent grasp of the spirit of the period.’ Observer
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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Classic Fiction (pre C 1945)

On Sale: 5th November 2009

Price: £8.99

ISBN-13: 9781844085514

Reviews

The divine Spark is shining at her brightest . . . Pure delight
Claire Tomalin, INDEPENDENT
An outstanding novel . . . A FAR CRY FROM KENSINGTON has an effortless, translucent grasp of the spirit of the period
OBSERVER
'Wonderfully entertaining - full of absurd, comical, engaging characters and written with typical wit, elegance and aplomb
SUNDAY TELEGRAPH
One of Muriel Spark's most liberating, liberated and meditative novels. Spark is a writer who can take the meditative and make it mercurially funny, playful and mischievous
Ali Smith