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Harnessing Peacocks (Black Swan) Paperback – 18 Jul 1986

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Product details

  • Paperback: 279 pages
  • Publisher: Black Swan; New edition edition (18 July 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552992100
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552992107
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 1.7 x 12.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,765,064 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hebe listens in the darkness of the hall to a family conference. The stern hypocrisy of her grandfather is winning the day. He has summoned her three horsey sisters' successful husbands and they are discussing Hebe's unexpected pregnancy. The decision, unanimous, is that it be terminated. Hebe, dissenting, flees into the night.

Twelve summers later she is living happily alone with her son in a seaside town in Cornwall. He is receiving an expensive education. Hebe has organised her life oddly but well. She has two chief talents in life - cooking and making love - and these she has exercised with dignity, in privacy and for profit.

It is when separate strands of the web of Hebe's life become entangled that the even tenor of her days is threatened, and her life is changed.

Harnessing Peacocks is suffused with freshness, warmth and wit. The author's delightful literary skills are here fully engaged in a story of independence, honesty and sensual charm.

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The book is full of witty and colourful observations about a certain class of people. Mary Wesley is a skillful painter of characters, and from the first sketch of the heroine, the reader is beguiled by a passionate story.
Harnessing Peacocks is full of vision. Mary Wesley does not tread lightly, which is very refreshing. A jolly good laugh with tender, candid moments. Well worth a read.
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I really enjoyed this novel and found, like Mary Wesley's other novels the characters are interesting and real. I have noticed in several of the books written that they often refer to characters from the Camomile Lawn, and one of the character's great Aunt is Calypso. In this particular story there are many different characters and I found remembering them all to start with quite difficult. However once you get into the story you find they each have their role to play and it is easy to follow
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