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Past Mischief Paperback – 15 Jul 1999


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  • Paperback: 374 pages
  • Publisher: Orion; New Ed edition (15 July 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752826093
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752826097
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 3 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 154,896 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Victoria Clayton published two children¿s books when in her early twenties. She then read English at Cambridge as a mature student, married and had two children before returning to writing fiction. Her previous novels, Running Wild, Dance With Me, Out of Love and Past Mischief, shortlisted for the Romantic Novel of the Year Award 1999, are all available in Orion Paperback.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 Mar. 2001
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I can't say enough good things about this book - I sat up until 3 am today to finish it. I guess the traditional elements of a romance are here, but the book seems just so much more than that. It starts with the death of Miranda's chronically unfaithful husband - and proceeds to show how the life and death of this selfish, ugly (soul-wise, not physically)man is like a pebble in a pool - the ripples of effect go on forever. There's pain and humor, and not all of the ends are neatly tied up - just the ones that matter the most to you at the end. The subplots and supporting characters are superb - wonderful book!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 April 2000
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You get drawn right into this story right from the first page when Miranda disocovers that her husband has shot himself. The charecters are lively and it's beautifully written, there really isn't a duff sentance in it. My only criticism is that the feel good factor goes a bit over the top near the end of the book and it became slightly saccharine. I'll still be reading her next one.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. Griffiths on 14 May 2009
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This is a beautiful example of what can be achieved in the field of "romance and family life in the country" by someone who can really write. There are a myriad of books out there in this genre but this is lifted above all the others by wonderful characters, great humour and good use of language. Miranda, the central character, lives at Westray surrounded by a bevy of fascinating and wonderfully drawn individuals. Her three children, her old nanny, a wildly eccentric painter, erudite poet/gardener and forthright friends. Once she finds her husband, seducer of women, dead she finds herself at the mercy of every bottom pinching roue in the county and at the centre of new relationships. Yes, you can guess very early on what the likely ending will be if you have read enough of this genre, but it really doesn't matter. The journey is littered with interesting moments and some classic set pieces. Clayton writes well, with good use of language, and you really do feel you are part of the whole scene. Indeed you rather wish you were. Some books of this type are the sort you read and then pass on but others, such as this one, you keep on your shelf to re-read again further down the line. You can buy this with confidence. I am really pleased to see nobody has written a negative review as it would be terribly unfair!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 April 2000
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This is a whitty and amusing use of language b ook.I laughed and marked sections to review later. Janos,the Hungarian boarder that Miranda has taken in says"I see.You are very wrong" to Miranda who he is in bed with. " I do not want to make love to you from Convience. If I lie in Lady Alice's bed at this moment I would wish her goodnight politely and hope that she would not steal all of the blankets."
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