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The Sleeping Beauty (Virago Modern Classics) Paperback – 3 Nov 2011

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Virago; UK ed. edition (3 Nov. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184408714X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844087143
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 1.6 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 431,960 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Elizabeth Taylor is finally being recognised as an important British author: an author of great subtlety, great compassion and great depth. As a reader, I have found huge pleasure in returning to Taylor's novels and short stories many times over. As a writer I've returned to her too - in awe of her achievements, and trying to work out how she does it (Sarah Waters)

She is the kind of writer you long to have had as a friend. How witty she would have been to talk to, with that sharpness that misses nothing, that wry acceptance of the way things are (Tracey Thorn Spectator)

I find the writing of Elizabeth Taylor fresh, and inevitably hitting the right nail on the head in every sentence. In fact I find her so unbelievably good, kind, stimulating, catty and subtle that I forget I'm a critic (John Betjeman)

Jane Austen, Elizabeth Taylor, Barbara Pym, Elizabeth Bowen - soul-sisters all (Anne Tyler)

Elizabeth Taylor has an eye as sharply all-seeing as her prose is elegant - even the humdrum becomes astonishing when told in language that always aims for descriptive integrity, without a cliché in sight. As a result, Taylor excels in conveying the tragicomic poignancy of the everyday (Daily Telegraph)

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A subtle love story by one of the most accomplished writers of the 20th century

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