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Late and Soon (Bloomsbury Reader) [Kindle Edition]

E. M. Delafield
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The novel is set in the West of England, over the course of one week in January 1942. Set against the background of a decaying English country-house tradition, the story follows Valentine Arbell and her two daughters, as they struggle to stand up for their existing lifestyle.

Primarily a drama of character, events move swiftly under the compulsion of war conditions, and decisions are forced upon them all.

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About the Author

Born to Count Henry de la Pasture and his novelist wife, Delafield (1890-1943) was brought up according to strict Late Victorian precepts, but failing to ensnare a husband, she entered a convent in Belgium the moment she was 21. Having recovered from this experience she became a VAD, (voluntary nursing for the war effort) and wrote her first novel. Delafield started publishing in her mid twenties and the year her fourth novel Consequences was published, she married Paul Dashwood, a civil engineer turned land agent; three years in Malaya was followed by life in rural Devon. Many of her novels and short stories are semi-autobiographical or stem from her experiences living abroad and in the rural countryside.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2025 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1448203058
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Reader; 1 edition (28 Sept. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005O7VHD8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #150,988 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Complicated but good 30 Mar. 2015
By M B
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It was a little "long winded" but it was worth sticking with it. I suppose taking into account the time that it was written it was as things were then. I think on the whole it was very good. So very different from her "Provincial Lady" books, which shows what a good broad writer she was.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Downton Abbey years later 20 Aug. 2012
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If you got hooked on Downton Abbey, you'll enjoy this book. Its not great writing, especially some of the dialogue between the protagonist and her old love, but the story and characters are compelling. It also provides a splendid peek at a part of G.B. during WWII. It would make a great made-for-tv movie!
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