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Part Of The Furniture

by Mary Wesley

Part Of The Furniture Synopsis

Seventeen-year-old Juno Marlowe has just waved off to war the two young men she has loved for the best part of her life when the air raid sirens begin to wail out across London. She is rescued from this nightmare by a gaunt stranger called Evelyn, frail and older than his years, who offers her the protection of his house and his family before dying suddenly in the night. Determined to avoid being sent to Canada to join her mother and new step-father, and still grieving for her lost lovers, Juno instead finds herself on a train to Cornwall in search of Evelyn's family. There she discovers the blossoming of an English spring into which the war only occasionally intrudes and finds at last a peace for herlself and a world in which she is more than simply part of the furniture.

Part Of The Furniture Press Reviews

With its brilliant final twist, this is Mary Wesley's best yet * Evening Standard * Few novelists offer such a rich concoction of amoral spice and cleverness; but to judge her work exclusively on this level is to miss more subtle rewards * Mail on Sunday * A novel whose freshness of tone, energy of plotting and sweet nature make it exceptional by any standards * Sunday Telegraph *

Book Information

ISBN: 9780099513056
Publication date: 3rd January 2008
Author: Mary Wesley
Publisher: Vintage an imprint of Vintage Publishing
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 288 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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