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The Finishing Touch Hardcover – 1 Jan 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: 2,778,769 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

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.

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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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