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The Finishing Touch Hardcover – 1963

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  • Hardcover: 127 pages
  • Publisher: Secker & Warburg; 1st edition (1963)
  • ASIN: B0000CLU0L
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,261,187 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Brigid Brophy (1929-1995) was an acclaimed novelist, essayist, critic and campaigner. Her fiction included Hackenfeller's Ape (1953), The King of a Rainy Country (1956), Flesh (1962), The Finishing Touch (1963), The Snow Ball (1964), In Transit (1969), The Adventures of God in His Search for the Black Girl (1971) and Palace without Chairs (1978). Her non-fiction included Black Ship to Hell (1962), Mozart the Dramatist (1964), two books about Aubrey Beardsley - Black and White (1968) and Beardsley and His World (1976), and Prancing Novelist: In Praise Of Ronald Firbank (1973). In 1954 she married the art historian Michael Levey (later the director of the British National Gallery from 1973-1987, knighted in 1981). The couple had one daughter, Kate. Brophy was a noted campaigner on several platforms, in particular her fight to establish an authors' Public Lending Right and her vice-presidency of the National Anti-Vivisection Society. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Hawkhead on 26 Oct. 2012
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An absolutely hilarious and very sharply observed satire of sexuality and social mores. It's beautifully and brilliantly written with lots of memorable lines and the portrait of one of the two headmistresses, Antonia Mount - based on Anthony Blunt whom Brophy knew - is superbly funny, in particular, the depiction of her aesthetic sensibility which masks a deep pragmatism and which is used to clever effect in the narrative. This won't be to everyone's taste but I thought the writing was a joy and highly recommend it.
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This is one of the wittiest books I have ever read. The darts thrown by Brophy at some establishment practices will render you helpless with mirth. The drawback, and the reason I have given a one-star rating, is that the book is deeply, broadly, highly lesbophobic. Indispensable reading for anyone studying lesbophobia or anyone wishing to have their prejudices confirmed.
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Excellent quirky novel with an amazing back story 4 May 2010
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A lesbian couple manages a girls' finishing school in the South of France. The adventures begin....

Carefully and densely written, both a parody and a comedy, this short novel is highly entertaining. It has it all: sun, sex, drugs, drinks (Chartreuse of course, crucially both green and yellow), royalty and riches. It is Ronald Firbank for girls.
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