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The Pretty Lady [Kindle Edition]

Arnold Bennett
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This book was converted from its physical edition to the digital format by a community of volunteers. You may find it for free on the web. Purchase of the Kindle edition includes wireless delivery.

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Bennett writes magnificently of the little movements of the spirit in its daily routine --Margaret Drabble


This book is set in the year of 1918. Arnold Bennett was an English novelist, playwright, essayist, critic and journalist. By any standards, his output was prolific: thirty novels, almost three thousand articles, ten plays and many other writings. He was a bon viveur who enjoyed to the full the fruits of his hard work, his success and the acclaim accorded him. "The Pretty Lady" is considered to be one of Bennett's most revealing, and underrated works. Some believe he may have done field research for this book and in it he resolutely expresses his horror of the levity of those whom he saw up close in wartime.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 364 KB
  • Print Length: 252 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1414233779
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0084BKHWI
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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Arnold Bennett was a playwright, essayist, critic and journalist. Born in Hanley, Stoke on Trent, and the eldest child of a pawnbroker who had bettered himself and become a solicitor. He became a solicitors clerk at frist in his father's office, and from 1889 in London. He joined the staff of Woman magazine and later became editor. His first novel to be published, A Man From the North appeared in 1898. He went on to write is famous Five Towns Novels, but never returned to the Potteries of his birth. He died on 27 March 1931 from typhoid shortly after a visit to France. His ashes are buried in the cemetery at Burslem, Stoke on Trent. His grandson, Denis Eldin, is the President of the Society and lives in Paris. The Society have just published "Punch & Judy" Arnold Bennett and Silent Cinema, with an introduction by John Shapcott, Keele University - further details on our website at

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Fans of Mr Bennett's novels will be familiar with his usual stories of light kitchen-sink dramas set in the Potteries area of central England. 'The Pretty Lady' is strikingly different - it is a very modern book with relatively explicit sex and violence. It is not the peaceful late Victorian England of most of Bennett's books - it is England in the turmoil of change caused by the Great War - a world of speeding taxis, chain-smokers, air raids, blackouts, brothels and nervous breakdowns.

The two central characters are Christine, a French refugee who makes her living in London as a high class prostitute, and G.J. Hoape, a wealthy independent gentleman living in middle-aged seclusion in his rooms in the Albany, untouched by the war.

Hoape meets Christine and begins a relationship with her, and she eventually becomes his 'kept woman' in a Mayfair flat. However, Hoape begins to feel guilty about his lack of war work (he is too old to join up) and thus begins to work for a hospital charity, eventually coming to dominate and almost reaching burn-out. The war begins to intrude in other ways - he is caught up in a Zeppelin air raid and narrowly cheats death, but witnesses the maiming of a child, and then a good friend of his, a beautiful aristrocratic young woman, Queenie, is killed during an air raid, just after Hoape has learnt that she is in love with him.

Meanwhile all is not what it seems with Christine; and the physically and morally exhausted Hoape eventually learns that he cannot trust her and decides he is better off either in marriage or in celibate bachelorhood, and the book comes to a somewhat abrupt close.

What I liked about this book was its very frank and open approach to sex.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant attention to detail without being 5 Nov. 2014
By Lesley
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I spent a while immersing myself in everything Bennett had written available on Kindle. Brilliant attention to detail without being boring
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 26 Oct. 2014
By Doug S
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Great novel - provides an interesting perspective on the Great War (as it was then)
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Haven't read the book yet. Very pleased with it on my Amazon Kindle, which is always a pleasant change to conventional reading. Very pleased
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