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The Vacillations Of Poppy Carew

by Mary Wesley

The Vacillations Of Poppy Carew Synopsis

Poppy Carew has just been dumped by her unscrupulous boyfriend, Edmund, when her beloved and eccentric father dies, leaving Poppy one last request - that she ensure he is buried in style by a 'fun' undertaker - and one large fortune. Carrying out his wishes, Poppy finds not only a fun funeral parlour, and an equally fun wake peopled with very generous old ladies who all seem to know her father very well, but also several eligible young men, all of whom are keen to get to know the new heiress. And when Edmund remembers the charms that he quickly forgot in the arms of his new lover, Venetia, there are suddenly too many choices for Poppy Carew...

The Vacillations Of Poppy Carew Press Reviews

Once again she deploys her admirably comic skill to good effect; puncturing the pompous, exposing humbug, nudging our perceptions in the direction of the absurd * Financial Times * A charming love story and social comedy -- Philip Howard * The Times * Wesley's narration is as fast and surprising as ever; her subplots are well worked out and rich in detail * Times Literary Supplement * Mary Wesley is high-spirited and inventive, and keeps her wayward plot moving forward at a spanking pace * Daily Telegraph * Prances and bubbles along with the gay insouciance of a compulsive storyteller * Observer *

Book Information

ISBN: 9780099501671
Publication date: 2nd April 2007
Author: Mary Wesley
Publisher: Vintage an imprint of Vintage Publishing
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 320 pages
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Mary Wesley

Mary Wesley was born near Windsor in 1912. Her education took her to the London School of Economics and during the War she worked in the War Office. Although she initially fulfilled her parent's expectations in marrying an aristocrat she then scandalised them when she divorced him in 1945 and moved in with the great love of her life, Eric Siepmann. The couple married in 1952, once his wife had finally been persuaded to divorce him. She used to comment that her 'chief claim to fame is arrested development, getting my first novel [Jumping the Queue] published at the age of seventy'. She ...

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