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A Far Cry from Kensington (New Directions Classics)

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Publisher Comments:

Mrs. Hawkins, the majestic narrator of , takes us well in hand, and leads us back to her threadbare years in postwar London. There, as a fat and much admired young war widow, she spent her days working for a mad, near-bankrupt publisher ("of very good books") and her nights dispensing advice at her small South Kensington rooming-house. At work and at home Mrs. Hawkins soon uncovered evil: shady literary doings and a deadly enemy; anonymous letters, blackmail, and suicide. With aplomb, however, Mrs. Hawkins confidently set about putting things to order, little imagining the mayhem which would ensue. Now decades older, thin, successful, and delighted with life in Italy — quite a far cry from Kensington — Mrs. Hawkins looks back to all those dark doings, and recounts how her own life changed forever. She still, however, loves to give advice: "It's easy to get thin. You eat and drink the same as always, only half....I offer this advice without fee; it is included in the price of this book." A masterwork by "Britain's greatest living novelist" (, 1999), has been hailed as "outstanding" () and "wickedly and adroitly executed" (). " is, among other things, a comedy that holds a tragedy as an egg-cup holds an egg" ().

Synopsis:

Set on the crazier fringes of 1950s literary London, is a delight, hilariously portraying love, fraud, death, evil, and transformation.

About the Author

Muriel Spark (1918-2006) is the author of dozens of novels including The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Memento Mori, A Far Cry from Kensington, The Girls of Slender Means, The Ballad of Peckham Rye, The Driver's Seat, Not to Disturb, and many more. She became Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1993.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780811214575
Author:
Spark, Muriel
Publisher:
New Directions
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Humorous Stories
Subject:
London
Subject:
Publishers and publishing
Subject:
Widows
Subject:
Satire
Subject:
Literature publishing
Subject:
Women editors
Subject:
London (england)
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Series:
New Directions Classics
Series Volume:
104-493
Publication Date:
September 2000
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
8 x 5.2 x 0.6 in 0.46 lb

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