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The Legacy of Hartlepool Hall [Hardcover]

Paul Torday
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"It's a novel that should enhance his reputation for excellent, ingenious writing" (Tina Jackson METRO 2012-01-04)

More intriguing is the skein of darkness that, in common with much of Torday's fiction, runs discretely through the story - one sequence is sufficently macabre as to recall the work of a young McEwan. (Jonathan Barnes Literary Review 2011-12-01)

if you liked his previous efforts then you'll enjoy this too. (Voyager 2011-12-01)

it grabs you right from page one and is another great read from the author of Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (Essentials 2011-12-01)

A novel that's quirky, funny, moving and peopled with superbly drawn characters (CHOICE 2012-01-01)

a deliciously dark comedy about class, snobbery and a vanishing way of life (GOOD HOUSEKEEPING 2012-01-01)

This is a novel about decay and destruction, but bracingly unsentimental and surprisingly moving (Kate Saunders THE GUARDIAN 2012-01-07)

A gloriously enjoyable wallow of a read. (John Harding DAILY MAIL 2012-01-13)

Book Description

Hartlepool Hall has been in Ed's family for generations - but is that about to change, and who is the mysterious Lady Alice?

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Ed Hartlepool has been living in self-imposed exile for five years, but with a settlement regarding his inheritance looming, he must return to his ancestral seat, Hartlepool Hall. On his return, he discovers that his father has left him - along with the house - an unimaginable tax bill, a huge overdraft, an aging butler, and an estate that is creaking at the seams.Not only that, but a strange woman has taken up residence at Hartlepool Hall - Lady Alice - and she seems to have made herself very much at home.

With the debts mounting, it seems that Ed's only recourse is to turn to his friend Annabel's new boyfriend, a property developer who plans to turn Hartlepool Hall into luxury flats and a golf course. But can Ed save his inheritance without such a drastic move and thereby preserve a way of life that has been his family's way for generations? And is Lady Alice really the person she claims to be?

From the Back Cover

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

'A wonderful book - a cry for humanity in our target-driven spin-riddled world' Marina Lewycka

The Irresistible Inheritance of Wilberforce

'Paul Torday is a remarkably original novelist' Evening Standard

The Girl on the Landing

'From the author of the exquisite Salmon Fishing in the Yemen comes an equally exquisite tale' Daily Mirror

The Hopeless Life of Charlie Summers

'Packed with wit, pathos and sharp class observation' Daily Mail

More than You Can Say

'Torday has an extraordinary gift for making apparent "normality" look sinister and strange' The Times

About the Author

Paul Torday was born in 1946 and read English Literature at Oxford. He spent the next 30 years working in industry, after which he scaled back his business responsibilities to fulfil a long-harboured ambition - to write. He burst on to the literary scene in 2006 with SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN, an immediate bestseller. He lives close to the River North Tyne.
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