A Far Cry From Kensington - Virago Modern Classics (Paperback)
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A Far Cry From Kensington - Virago Modern Classics (Paperback)

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Paperback 208 Pages / Published: 05/11/2009
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When Mrs Hawkins tells Hector Bartlett he 'urinates frightful prose', little does she realise the repercussions.

Holding that 'no life can be carried on satisfactorily unless people are honest' Mrs Hawkins refuses to retract her judgement, and as a consequence, loses not one, but two much-sought-after jobs in publishing.

Now, years older, successful, and happily a far cry from Kensington, she looks back over the dark days that followed, in which she was embroiled in a mystery involving anonymous letters, quack remedies, blackmail and suicide.

With an introduction by Ali Smith.

Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
ISBN: 9781844085514
Number of pages: 208
Weight: 169 g
Dimensions: 129 x 198 x 13 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

"The divine Spark is shining at her brightest . . . Pure delight" - Claire Tomalin, Independent

"An outstanding novel . . . [it] has an effortless, translucent grasp of the spirit of the period" - Observer

"Wonderfully entertaining - full of absurd, comical, engaging characters and written with typical wit, elegance and aplomb." - Sunday Telegraph 

"One of Muriel Spark's most liberating, liberated and meditative novels. Spark is a writer who can take the meditative and make it mercurially funny, playful and mischievous." - Ali Smith

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“Beautiful present for book-lovers”

I have known and loved this book for years and gave it to an equally enthusiastic reading friend for Christmas. Not only did she love Spark's writing - it is difficult not to - but also the beautiful hard-back... More

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“A woman works in publishing in postwar London”

“I was Mrs Hawkins” is the theme of one of Spark’s later novels of a rooming house and its residents, of publishing houses and their weaknesses, and of a remarkable woman’s view of postwar London life in precisely... More

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