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The Legacy of Hartlepool Hall by Paul Torday
  

The Legacy of Hartlepool Hall

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Selected by Sarah Broadhurst

July 2012 Book of the Month.

From the author of instant bestseller Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, comes a highly readable, witty tale of unwanted inheritance, uptight Britishness and the preservation of a lost way of life. Dragged back from self imposed exile Ed Hartlepool must grasp the nettle of his debt-ridden ancestral home, an octagenarian butler and and more than one unwelcome house guest! Contemporary comedy well worth picking up.

If you like Paul Torday you might also like to read books by Colin Bateman, Julian Barnes and Colin Cotterill.

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The Legacy of Hartlepool Hall by Paul Torday

Ed Hartlepool has been living in self-imposed exile for five years, but with a settlement regarding his inheritance looming, he must return to his ancestral seat, Hartlepool Hall. On his return, he discovers that his father has left him, along with the house, a seven million pound tax bill, two massive overdrafts, an 80-year-old butler, and a vast country estate that is creaking at the seams. Not only that, but there is a strange woman in residence - Lady Alice - who seems to have made herself very much at home. With the debts mounting, it seems that Ed's only recourse is to turn to his friend Annabel's new boyfriend, a property developer who plans to turn Hartlepool Hall into luxury flats and a golf course. But can Ed save his inheritance without such a drastic move? And is Lady Alice really the person she claims to be?

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A black comedy of manners and a poignant social commentary. * THE GOOD BOOK GUIDE *


About the Author

Paul Torday

Paul Torday was our Guest Editor in April 2012 - click here - to see the books that inspired his writing.

Paul Torday was born in 1946 and read English Literature at Pembroke College, Oxford. He spent the next 30 years working in engineering and in industry, after which he scaled back his business responsibilities to fulfil a long-harboured ambition - to write. He burst on to the literary scene in 2006 with his first novel, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, an immediate bestseller that has been sold in 25 countries. Paul Torday died in 2013.

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Publication date

19th July 2012

Author

Paul Torday

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Publisher

Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) an imprint of Orion Publishing Co

Format

Paperback
304 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780753828830

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