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April 2010 Good Housekeeping selection.
On My Bookshelf by Hilary Mantel...
Angel by Elizabeth Taylor is a sparkling, pointed comedy. Angel is a bestselling author who suffers for her art, but writes truly terrible books. It’s an awful warning to writers – take your work seriously, but don’t take yourself seriously.
The Lovereading view...
There is a dark humour in this book that points fun at the publishing world, at writers and most of all at critics. Deliciously critical and yet still acknowledging human frailty this is a lovely book with a nostalgic feel.
Writing stories that are extravagant and fanciful, fifteen-year old Angel retreats to a world of romance, escaping the drabness of provincial life. She knows she is different, that she is destined to become a feted authoress, owner of great riches and of Paradise House ...After reading The Lady Irania, publishers Brace and Gilchrist are certain the novel will be a success, in spite of - and perhaps because of - its overblown style. But they are curious as to who could have written such a book: 'Some old lady, romanticising behind lace-curtains' ...'Angelica Deverell is too good a name to be true ...she might be an old man. It would be an amusing variation. You are expecting to meet Mary Anne Evans and in Walks George Eliot twirling his moustache.' So nothing can prepare them for the pale young woman who sits before them, with not a seed of irony or a grain of humour in her soul.
'Jane Austen, Elizabeth Taylor, Barbara Pym, Elizabeth Bowen - soul-sisters all'
'One of the most underrated novelists of the twentieth century'
'I envy those readers who are coming to her work for the first time. Theirs will be an unexpected pleasure'
'Her stories remain with one, indelibly, as though they had been some turning point in one's own experience'
'A masterpiece' 'Precious and endearing' 'Angel is a brilliant creation with not a seed of irony, self knowledge or humour in her soul . . . I'm not one who re-reads books but I return to this on frequently and every time it makes me envious - and it makes me laugh and cry. You can't ask for much more from a novel than that'
Lesley Glaister, Guardian
Publication date: 06/04/2006
Publisher: Virago Press Ltd an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group
|Publication date:||6th April 2006|
|Publisher:||Virago Press Ltd an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group|
|Genres:||eBook Favourites, Literary Fiction,|
|Categories:||Classic fiction (pre c 1945), Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),|
Elizabeth Taylor (1912-1975) was born in Reading, Berkshire and spent much of her life in Penn, Buckinghamshire. Critically she is one of the most acclaimed British novelists of this century. Virago publishes twelve of her sixteen works of fiction.More About Elizabeth Taylor