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The Freaks of Mayfair (Prion humour classics) Hardcover – 2 Jun 2001

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Prion Books Ltd; Revised edition edition (2 Jun. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1853754293
  • ISBN-13: 978-1853754296
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 1.9 x 18.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 724,761 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"acid-tongued...peerless" Kirkus Review"


In a series of hilariously dry fictional sketches, E F Benson introduces us to some of the more bizarre inhabitants of Mayfair's Edwardian high society - a world he knew intinately. Each is a distinct representative of an anthropological 'type': Sir Louis and Lady Mary Marigold turn snobbery into an art form; 'Aunt' George is a bachelor with a passion for embroidery; Mrs Weston, a devotee of every new health-cult and spiritual fad; Horace Campbell, the jealous and poisonous society gossip; the socalled 'grizzly kittens' Babs Begum and Charlie Gordon, refuse to grow old gracefully; Mrs Sarah Whitehand is the social-climbing wife of an American toilet-bowl magnate; and Mr Sandow, the socialite vicar who seems interested in everything but real spirituality. These and a number of other intriguing specimens, all greedily jockeying for social standing in this most exclusive of societies, are impaled, Iabelled and preserved for our entertainment on the razor-sharp scalpel of Benson's savage wit.

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