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According To Queeney

by Beryl Bainbridge

According To Queeney Synopsis

'A stellar literary event ... written with panache and an enviable economy ... the biggest risk of her literary life' Margaret Atwood According to Queeney is a masterly evocation of the last years of Dr Johnson, arguably Britain's greatest Man of Letters. The time is the 1770s and 1780s and Johnson, having completed his life's major work (he compiled the first ever Dictionary of the English Language) is running an increasingly chaotic life. Torn between his strict morality and his undeclared passion for Mrs Thrale, the wife of an old friend, According to Queeney reveals one of Britain's most wonderful characters in all his wit and glory. Above all, though, this is a story of love and friendship and brilliantly narrated by Queeney, Mrs Thrale's daughter, looking back over her life.

According To Queeney Press Reviews

This is a triumph, subtle, rich and heartrending...Anything worth reading is of course worth reading twice, and this is worth reading many times. * INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY * It is hard to think of anyone now writing who understands the human heart as Beryl Bainbridge does, or exposes its workings with more tenderness * THE TIMES * This is a small, wise book of small prose miracles ... It is a larger miracle in this way: it makes us feel we see Johnson and his friends in unexpected and unfamiliar ways which are nevertheless convincing and authentic. I did not think anyone could do t * Andrew Marr, DAILY TELEGRAPH * A stellar literary event ... written with panache and an enviable economy ... the biggest risk of her literary life * Margaret Atwood * Majestically deft.... Absolutely wonderful * Kirkus, starred review * A dark, often hilarious and deeply human vision ... a major literary accomplishment * Margaret Atwood * Poignant, pierced with truth, According to Queeney reaches into the dustier realms of history, bringing vividly to life a group of remarkable personalities with all their frailties, absurdities and cruel sensitivities * Sunday Telegraph * Thought-provoking and bleakly beautiful...brilliant...Bainbridge has shown herself to be working at the peak of her form * Mail on Sunday * This is a triumph, subtle, rich and heartrending...Anything worth reading is of course worth reading twice, and this is worth reading many times * Independent on Sunday * Bainbridge is brilliant at combining established fact and compelling fiction * Daily Mail * These real people are superbly recreated in fictional form...Bainbridge's spare prose is perfectly suited to her purpose, conveying an immediate sense of experience, in the muddle and intensity of the present. This is a highly intelligent, sophisticated and entertaining novel * Observer * Deftly brilliant...Her novel may be called According to Queeney, but it is Bainbridge's unique and acute slant on life, and death, that everywhere transforms it into the slim, packed masterpiece it is * Sunday Times * Its subjects - guilt, passion, misunderstanding and suffering - are those that she has addressed throughout her career, but never so perfectly as in this book * Amanda Craig * This is a small, wise book of small prose miracles ... It is a larger miracle in this way: it makes us feel we see Johnson and his friends in unexpected and unfamiliar ways which are nevertheless convincing and authentic * Andrew Marr *

Book Information

ISBN: 9780349114477
Publication date: 23rd March 2002
Author: Beryl Bainbridge
Publisher: Abacus an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 256 pages
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Beryl Bainbridge

Beryl Bainbridge wrote seventeen novels, two travel books and five plays for stage and television, she was shortlisted for the Booker Prize five times, and won literary awards including the Whitbread Prize and the Author of the Year Award at the British Book Awards. She died in July 2010.

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