Something in Disguise Paperback – 2 Jul 1993
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From the lauded, bestselling author of the Cazalet Chronicles --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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May's second marriage to Colonel Herbert Browne-Lacey is turning out to be a terrible mistake. Her son, Oliver, leaves home only to drift from one affair to another; his sister Elizabeth follows him, yearning for some kind of secure relationship. While even Alice, the colonel's meek daughter, is driven into marriage to escape her father's sinister behaviour . . .
At once a candid depiction of a post-war family on the cusp of change and a touching love story, Something in Disguise embodies the startling truth, wit and daring that Elizabeth Jane Howard is renowned for.
'Has all Elizabeth Jane Howard's particularly feminine perception . . . yet what lingers in the mind is its delicious funniness' Guardian
'The book is astute, experienced, vulnerable, and it reads with incomparable ease' Kirkus Reviews--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition. See all Product Description
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It deals with surprises. May, mother of two grown-up children, lost her husband during the Second World War and has misguidedly married again. Her second husband is, she thinks, merely difficult and cantankerous. As the story progresses, the reader—and May—will learn how much more sinister this bumbling old soldier really is.
The children, Oliver and Elizabeth, make their own discoveries during the course of the novel. Attractive, shallow Oliver finds himself falling for a girl who simply won't succumb to his easy charm; and shy Elizabeth, hiring herself out as a dinner party cook in London, meets the unlikely man who will transform and illuminate her future.
Most touching of all is Alice, hapless daughter of May's villainous husband. Escaping life at home by drifting into marriage with a hideously well observed philistine, her marital agonies are recorded with relentless comedy and a wealth of compassion.
As always with an Elizabeth Jane Howard novel, the characters are fully alive and the story grips as tightly as a thriller. This isn't, in my opinion, one of her best works—I'd recommend The Long View, The Beautiful Visit and After Julius—but, coming from her hand, it can't fail to charm, enlighten and absorb. She is a beautiful artist and, once encountered, vividly colours the memory.
Oliver, who can't bear Herbert, has left home and lives in London and although a personable and clever young man, has difficulty holding down a job and drifts from one insincere love affair to another; Elizabeth, keen to make a new life for herself soon follows him to London. Even Alice, who tells herself that she loves her father, is desperate to leave home and finds herself accepting a marriage proposal from the very dull and suburban Leslie.Read more ›
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A bit of a "woman's mag" story. Told in that manner and with characters to matchPublished 22 months ago by Jothla