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Second Fiddle

by Mary Wesley

Second Fiddle Synopsis

Laura Thornby is independent, individual and perfectly in control of her life. Her affairs are brief but delightful, her career fulfilling and she copes with her two rather peculiar relatives and the gossip about her parentage with wryness and humour. But then she meets twenty-three-year old Claude, a struggling writer, and she is overcome by an irresistible desire to interfere, manipulate and experiment - all for his own good, of course. What Laura does not foresee, however, are the possibilities that one day Claude may actually complete his novel and that she may well fall in love.

Second Fiddle Press Reviews

She writes like an avenging angel, with a freshness, vigour and zest for sex (but never for sleaze) that belie her years. The lovely Miss Wesley has a steel-tipped talent * Sunday Telegraph * Second Fiddle will delight the healthily growing number of Mary Wesley enthusiasts and offer a delicious treat to those who have yet to discover this unique author * Punch * A witty, chatty book * The Times *

Book Information

ISBN: 9780099513063
Publication date: 3rd January 2008
Author: Mary Wesley
Publisher: Vintage an imprint of Vintage Publishing
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 240 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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