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Lady Jean by Noel Virtue
  

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Lady Jean by Noel Virtue

Jean Barrie is an enormously successful, award-winning singer who spends her time in self-imposed retreat in her huge, dark St. John's Wood home. Here she wanders around the empty rooms drinking gin and vodka. Upstairs in the attic lives her mysterious lodger, The Fallen Nun. Beyond the house, Jean's narrow world is inhabited by her octogenarian Aunt Dizzy, who smokes hand-rolled cigars, wears blood-red hot pants, and gave up aerobics at 79; Jean's best friend Freidathe self-styled Devils Dyke; and Christophera 17-year-old with a Bible-bashing mother and a passion for his Uncle Ferguswho tends the garden and cleans the house. But Jean's solitude is about to be invaded: the house rapidly becomes a haven for eccentric souls drawn to her by chance or design, and sudden death and revelations of past horrors dart in from unexpected directions. A satisfying gem of offbeat humor with dark tragedy, Lady Jean is Virtue at his best, as he skillfully weaves his narrative into a unique tapestry. A romantic novel from one of New Zealand's most revered writers.

Reviews

Noel Virtue is a master of true comedy, that fine blend of the forlorn and the poignant wth the outrageously funny. Lady Jean maay well be his best novel to date . . . to be read slowly and with growing appreciation. Ruth Rendell


About the Author

Noel Virtue was born in Wellington, New Zealand, in 1947. The author of eight novels and an autobiography, he is now established as one of New Zealand s leading contemporary novelists.

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Book Info

Publication date

1st March 2001

Author

Noel Virtue

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Publisher

Peter Owen Publishers

Format

Paperback
184 pages

Categories

Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780720611335

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