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I Met a Lady Hardcover – 1 Dec 1961

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd; 1st edition edition (Dec. 1961)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0002213354
  • ISBN-13: 978-0002213356
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 15 x 4.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 471,994 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A long and pleasant novel. Mr Spring sustains interest in all his characters and writes enchantingly of Cornwall.' -- Hilary Seton, Sunday Times --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
'I' is George Ledra who is fifteen when we first meet him. 'a Lady' is Sylvia. She makes her entrance on page 19. And what an entrance it is. 'It was a sight to see. She came like a queen, a long dress of shot silk, all fire and darkness, whispering as she walked.' It is a long book, 630 pages in the second-hand paper back I bought through Amazon. Once again Howard Spring has created some interesting characters, and we follow their lives through a long period of time, from Manchester to many years in central London: in houses in Dorking,in the country near Amersham and some lovely places in his beloved Cornwall. Not all the characters are sympathetic, as in real life, but we are drawn into the story by this mastercraftsman and I have spent several happy days totally absorbed in this book. Here is a vivid piece of description. 'The day of their visit was lovely. Autumn had not far to go: winter would soon be on us, but that day was poised in beauty. In the morning Sylvia and I climbed up to the beech wood. The leaves had thinned out, so that we walked on a rustling carpet and looked up at a pale blue sky through a million holes'.....and the description goes on. Happy times, sad times, difficult times, the characters go through all these.... I did enjoy reading this book and look forward to doing so again one day.
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Format: Paperback
At over 500 pages, this is not an easy book to read in bed; but it is written in Howard Spring's usual spellbinding style and I found it impossible to put down, until my eyelids drooped! I have never yet been disappointed by this man's use of language and his ability to lead you on to the next chapter. 'I Met a Lady' is no exception and, as the narrative leads up to and beyond the Second World War, it is more up to date than many of his books. Highly recommended if you have strong wrists!
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Format: Hardcover
1916. Impressionable fifteen-year-old George Ledra is sent away from Manchester to Cornwall for his health. Here he meets Professor of Greek, Hector Chown, his actress niece, Sylvia Bascombe, and her seven-year-old daughter, Janet, living in a derelict house. Little does George realise at the time the significance of the meeting and that he would eventually marry one of them.
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I am never disappointed with Howard Springs books and this one was no exception. At first I had to keep checking on the relationship between characters but overall it was most enjoyable.
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