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A Forgotten Masterpiece
on 1 August 2013
My wife listened to a recent radio broadcast of this story and I picked up on fragments of it that held my interest. Although now available only in hardback or on kindle, I at least managed to read it and be blown away by its recreation of a world now gone forever. Set, ostensibly, in the present of the late 1940s, it is in fact about the England of 1913 and the hopes and values of the generation lost to the First World War. It also works on a more subtle and deeper level exploring the way we experience time, memory and the ever-moving 'now'. Priestly's characters explode from the pages with their, laughter, love and generosity and his recreation of place and season is spellbinding.
This is the first thing of his I've ever read, and how I've missed him I don't know. In trying to find more of his work I've been horrified to find that he his virtually out-of-print. How can one of England's greatest men of letter have become so ignored?