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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Black Swan; New edition edition (1 Feb. 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552994952
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552994958
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,598,911 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"'Wesley's books are a delight...a beautifully crafted tale, very sexy, very funny, I just didn't want it to end'" (The Sunday Times)

"'Mary Wesley holds 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)

"'A sophisticated cocktail of sweetness and cynicism'" (Kate Saunders Cosmopolitan)

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

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 Feb. 2001
Format: Paperback
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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By Arturo on 6 Sept. 2013
Format: Paperback
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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Format: Paperback
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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By pollyanna on 10 Aug. 2014
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An enjoyable read quite funny, I always look forward to Mary Wesley's books probably because I can relate to the times set in the early 20th Century is she cocking a snoop.
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