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Odd Girl Out Paperback – 11 Aug 1995

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Pan; Main Market Ed. edition (11 Aug. 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330338323
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330338325
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.8 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 868,930 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Elizabeth Jane Howard was the author of fifteen highly acclaimed novels. The Cazalet Chronicles - The Light Years, Marking Time, Confusion, Casting Off and All Change - have become established as modern classics and have been adapted for a major BBC television series and most recently for BBC Radio 4. In 2002 Macmillan published Elizabeth Jane Howard's autobiography, Slipstream. In that same year she was awarded a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List.

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From the bestselling author of The Cazalet Chronicles comes 'a cool, shrewd, witty and most beautifully managed novel' The Times

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Anna and Edmund Cornhill have a happy marriage and a lovely home. They are content, complete, absorbed in their private idyll.

Arabella, who comes to stay one lazy summer, is rich, rootless and amoral - and, as they find out, beautiful and loving.

A web of love and desire entangles these three; but in such a treacherous game, someone must finally lose out.

Elizabeth Jane Howard reveals with elegant prose and devastating accuracy a situation both shattering and destructive . . .

Praise for Elizabeth Jane Howard

'She is one of those novelists who shows, through her work, what the novel is for . . . She helps us to do the necessary thing - open our eyes and our hearts' Hilary Mantel

'Her navigation of the web of human relations [is] seemingly effortless' Sunday Telegraph


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Susie B TOP 50 REVIEWER on 24 May 2014
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Edmund and Anne Cornhill, a childless couple approaching middle-age, have been married for ten years and live happily together in a wonderful house on the river at Henley. Edmund commutes into the city where he works at an upmarket estate agency; Anne stays home, spending her time working in their beautiful garden, sewing petit point covers for the chairs, and driving off in her little MG with her wicker baskets to shop for food, which she then lovingly makes into delicious meals for Edmund to come home to. They are both exceedingly considerate of one another's feelings and even their rare disagreements are conducted with as much good grace as possible. When Edmund receives a phone call from his ex-stepmother, Clara (six times married and terribly well-off) asking him to take her twenty-two-year-old daughter, Arabella, under his wing for short time whilst she recuperates from an unspecified ailment, Edmund, good-mannered as always, agrees to have Arabella to stay, even though he has never met his step-sister. And so the beautiful, amoral, 'Botticelli-like' Arabella arrives at the Cornhills' home (where they soon discover the 'unspecified ailment' that she needs to recover from is actually a termination of an unwanted pregnancy) and in her own devastatingly charming way, Arabella causes all sorts of difficulties for Edmund and Anne, but maybe not quite in the way we might have initially thought. Alongside the main story, in a very secondary tale, we read about Henry, an impoverished actor who, infatuated with Arabella, leaves his wife, Janet, and their two small children, and whose selfish actions cause misery and tragedy for all involved. And is Arabella, after causing strife for more than one couple in a period of just a few weeks, any the happier, or the wiser?Read more ›
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59 of 71 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 July 2000
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I started this book in a really jaded mood as I had given up about six previous novels in a row as I couldn't get into any of them. If I havn't got a book on the go I'm a real grump to live with! So it was with some relief(especially for my family)that I picked this one up.I've been a great fan of EJH's since I read about the Cazalets and since then I have found no one to better her writing.This was a lovely book,once again full of delightful descriptions about where people live and the food thet eat.When you finish any of her books you always miss the characters because she makes them seem so real.Anyway needless to say that when I finished this book.I no longer felt jaded and often look back fondly at it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alison Jordan on 27 Jun. 2014
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This is a beautifully written observation of relationships. Very poignant and bitter sweet. I recommend this book and any others by same author.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By CHRISTINA A WILDMAN on 25 Jun. 2014
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A good read but not quite as good as the Cazalet books. Well written though and interesting characters and storyline.
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The more of Elizabeth Jane Howard's books that I read, the more I like her! I read this in a few days, and enjoyed the way she builds character so that you very soon feel you know these people. However, you don't - and the twists in the plot throw constant surprises. Maybe you don't know people who behave like this - I don't - but it doesn't stop you wanting to find out how they resolve a situation that becomes increasingly fraught.
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When I managed to ignore all the spelling mistakes in this Kindle version I did enjoy the book. Surely it isn't acceptable to have all these errors. It became quite a pastime bookmarking all the errors. WHY IS IT BEING SOLD LIKE THIS?
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By Timotea on 24 Aug. 2013
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A rather shallow book which I could not finish. It felt a bit contrived and the narrative did not flow
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By stormer on 4 July 2015
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Elizabeth Jane Howard tells the most wonderful stories......so sad she is no longer with us
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