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Virago Modern Classic Book Club: The Sleeping Beauty by Elizabeth Taylor

Virago Modern Classics Book Club


Virago Modern Classics Book Club

August 2019

The Sleeping Beauty

by Elizabeth Taylor

Our book of the month this August is The Sleeping Beauty by Elizabeth Taylor.


Elizabeth Taylor was an English novelist and short-story writer, whom Antonia Fraser called ‘one of the most underrated writers of the 20th century’. The Sleeping Beauty, her sixth novel, is a subtle love story about a quiet, sensible man named Vinny Tumulty. In this novel Taylor took the structure of the classic fairy tale and placed it into the story of an English seaside town.


‘People are different in different places,’ he thought hazily. ‘And if they’re all right in one place, it’s best to leave them there.’


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Plus, click here to discover what else we will be reading this year.