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Mary Wesley , Anna Massey
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Book Description

Jan 1993
In 1944 Henry Tillotson brings his new wife, Margaret, home to his farmhouse in the English countryside. Margaret is a strange, unpleasant woman, determined, it seems, to make Henry's life miserable. 'Poor Henry!' say his friends, as they visit at weekends and holidays. 'What an awful life he has!' But Henry is not at all the sad and disappointed man we might expect him to be. He manages to enjoy life, and indeed, has quite a lot of fun, one way and another . . . Mary Wesley's story takes a sharp but light-hearted look at love, sex, and marriage - and the things people will do to get what they want.
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Chivers Audio Books; Library edition edition (Jan 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0745141099
  • ISBN-13: 978-0745141091
  • Product Dimensions: 22.4 x 16.3 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,809,873 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Mary Wesley takes you by the hand and you follow wherever she takes you" (Kate Kellaway Observer)

"Mary Wesley does it again, only more so... She marches straight into her tale, intriguing from the beginning, keeping up a pace that rarely slackens" (Literary Review)

"Wesley breezes along with customary grace and nonchalance, sniping maliciously at her characters while giving them a more or less good time" (Financial Times)

"Lively and entertaining" (The Times)

"Wesley's books are a delight...a beautifully crafted tale, very sexy, very funny, I just didn't want it to end" (Sunday Times (Perth)) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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'A sophisticated cocktail of sweetness and cynicism' - Cosmopolitan --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Lives unfold and unravel before your eyes. 3 Feb 2001
By A Customer
this book relates the story of Henry Tillotson, from his marriage in 1944 until his death in the 80's, and whilst telling us the tale introduces us to a multitude of other characters along the way, Hanry's wife Margaret who doesn't get out of bed; the Jonathans, the possible fruit of Henry's fathers loins; two young couples visiting Cotteshaw, Henry's house; and of course Calypso Grant puts in an appearance. The people in Mary Wesley's books are people you wish you knew, interesting, kind, funny, irrepressable people, as well as irritating and endearing, above all these are humans, and whilst there can be a feeling of how the other half lives about this book the main feeling is one of being a fly on the wall, desperate to discover the mysteries of each persons life. Wesley deals with such basic human instincts as sex and love in a matter of fact way, which makes them no less shocking, and no less wonderful.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A houseful of eccentricity 24 May 2014
Typical Mary Wesley: acerbic, sparse, pacey storyline. This one centred around a troublesome wife Margaret, who lives most her life in bed; her long-suffering husband Henry, who has a web of secrets - and a growing number of secrets as the book unfolds, and a group of friends and neighbours who are regular house-guests at his country estate. A novel full of humour, eccentric characters from the English middle classes, sex and, oft-times, rather odd behaviours. Would people really have said what they said, when they said it? Maybe, maybe not, and let's not forget the cockatoo either! But never mind, she was one of a kind and such original writing behoves reading. Good holiday entertainment
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1.0 out of 5 stars Awful 6 Sep 2013
By Arturo
I read this on holiday, having found it in the cottage I was renting. It seems difficult now to remember why there was so much fuss about Mary Wesley in the 80s/90s. The Camomile Lawn, her best known book, was, it's true, a great evocation of a certain slice of British wartime experience (although, unusually, improved in the TV adaptation). But this is just awful: slight plot, absurd characters. I think that one of Wesley's appeals was that she was an elderly woman who wrote 'frankly' about sex - but here that appears in the most absurd ways e.g. a woman announcing - with no social or psychological context, and no further mention - that her husband 'buggers' her. It's the worst kind of pseudo-sophistication. Pretty pointless reviewing it now, of course. But I suppose it does tell us something about the way that fashion works in publishing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Magnigicent! 6 Aug 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Mary Wesley is in my opinion one of the finest writers of her generation. She writes of life, love and loss in her own inimitable style.
I love all her books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Big Fan of Mary Wesley 8 July 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I am a big fan of Mary Wesley and I am now searching for other works and will put this one on my list of swaps
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