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The Old Romantic Paperback – 5 Aug 2010

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Product details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Fig Tree (5 Aug. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905490194
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905490196
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 2.2 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,297,138 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Channels the rough music of everyday life with a tragicomic subtlety, a pin-sharp ear for dialogue and a flair for every nuance of character and class. Louise Dean's fearless, frank and darkly comic novels have brought a fresh colour and character to English fiction (Boyd Tonkin Independent)

Dark, scurrilous and richly comic. There is so much to treasure in this terrific book, but its deepest joy is the sharp, perceptive writing (Financial Times)

Dean is able to demonstrate her unobtrusive skill as the creator of comic set-pieces...painfully funny (The Sunday Times)

Very appealing...so vivid are the quintessentially British characters and the snappy, well-observed dialogue. Delightful, eccentric (Observer)

Dean's observations have a lyrical intensity few can match (Guardian)

A warm-hearted comedy of bad manners (Daily Mail)

Dean writes with beautifully controlled clarity about family ties, social class, the generation gap and the vanished England of the past. She's extremely funny, but also humane and moving (The Times)

Sharply observed (Psychologies)

Compassionate and amusing (The Times Literary Supplement)

About the Author

Louise Dean is the author of three previous novels: Becoming Strangers, which was awarded the Betty Trask Prize in 2004 and was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Guardian First Book Award, This Human Season and The Idea of Love. She lives in Kent and has three children.


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