After the Party (Paperback)
  • After the Party (Paperback)
  • After the Party (Paperback)
  • After the Party (Paperback)
zoom
After the Party (Paperback) After the Party (Paperback)

After the Party (Paperback)

(author)
7 Reviews Sign in to write a review
£8.99 £6.99
Paperback 272 Pages / Published: 07/09/2018
  • Save £2.00
  • In stock online

Usually dispatched within 24 hours

  • This item has been added to your basket
Your local Waterstones may have stock of this item. Please check by using Click & Collect

I always wanted to be friends with both my sisters. Perhaps that was the source, really, of all the troubles of my life...

It is the summer of 1938 and Phyllis Forrester has returned to England after years abroad.

Moving into her sister's grand country house, she soon finds herself entangled in a new world of idealistic beliefs and seemingly innocent friendships. Fevered talk of another war infiltrates their small, privileged circle, giving way to a thrilling solution: a great and charismatic leader, who will restore England to its former glory.

At a party hosted by her new friends, Phyllis lets down her guard for a single moment, with devastating consequences. Years later, Phyllis, alone and embittered, recounts the dramatic events which led to her imprisonment and changed the course of her life forever.

Hailed by the Times as 'wonderful, tragicomic' and 'beautifully researched', After the Party is an elegant, poignant and knowing portrait of a hidden world within England on the eve of war. Through one family's downfall she reveals the misplaced beliefs of those who chose to overlook the truth of Nazi evil.

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780241327739
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 221 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 17 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'Wonderful, tragicomic... beautifully researched' - Kate Saunders, The Times 

'One of the best books published this year' - The Lady 

'Uncanny, evocative.... Connolly skilfully sets scenes in pared yet atmospheric prose' - The Sunday Times 

'Connolly gives an object lesson in how to tell a story in a non-judgmental way. The result is a brave, engrossing and unexpectedly moving novel' - The Mail on Sunday 

'Profound and moving and completely original, with a storyline that is completely satisfying. It'll be one of those novels that stays in my mind forever... it's a work of art' - Craig Brown

'I finished it in two days flat and I've never read anything quite like it. Everything about the book rings true, politically, psychologically, and in period detail, from the sunny beginnings to the grim end' - Hilary Spurling

'A wonderfully subtle and interesting account of the Mosley women, with a compelling voice' - Linda Grant

'Polished and reflective... a salutary masterclass on the values that really matter' - Country Life 

'This historical novel is an absorbing, nuanced look at extremism dressed up with social niceties and class privilege, and is sure to resonate today' - Stylist 

'In her latest novel, Cressida Connolly expertly evokes a changing nation, and a woman whose life is altered forever' - Vogue 

'Connolly [is] an unerring storyteller who excels at both period and place' - The Daily Mail 

'[A] virtuoso novel' - Telegraph Magazine 

'A wonderfully acute writer' - Allison Pearson, The Sunday Telegraph

'Connolly has tremendous fun with her posh characters' class-obsessed milieu, but the privations of Holloway Prison, with its rope-thick dust, bone-chilling cold and maggoty food, are equally sharply drawn' - The Daily Mail Summer Reads 

'Deeply impressive.... quietly devastating tale of world affairs played out on an intimate scale' - Metro 

'Connolly is a terrifically subtle writer... [she] slyly sweeps her readers into the period drama as tensions tauten between families and social classes' -The Daily Telegraph 

'Chilling' - Spectator 

'Extraordinary, gripping... Exquisitely written with lyricism and a stiletto-sharp and humorous pen, Connolly takes on a subject which resonates powerfully with current politics' - Sofka Zinovieff, The Lady

Chesham Waterstones Bookclub

Chesham Waterstones Bookclub

The Queen's Head Pub, 120 Church Street, Chesham, HP5 1JD
Monday 1st October 19:00

Chesham Waterstones Bookclub 1st October at The Queen's Head Pub 7pm This month we are reading After the Party by Cressida Connolly 'I always wanted to be freinds with both my sisters. Perhaps that was teh source, really of all of the troubles of my life.....' All Welcome

View
An Evening With Cressida Connolly

An Evening With Cressida Connolly

Cheltenham
Tuesday 2nd October 18:30

Come and listen to Cressida Connolly as she talks about our fantastic September Book of the Month 'After the Party'.

View
Bookclub

Bookclub

Sheffield - Meadowhall - Park Lane
Tuesday 2nd October 18:30 - 19:30

If you love to read, why not join our bookclub? We meet once a month for friendly and informal chat about good books over coffee and cake in Costa Coffee nextdoor to our Waterstones Park Lane branch. Bookclub members enjoy 20% off the chosen title(s). At our next meeting we will be discussing; 'Our House' by Louise Candlish, 'After the Party' by Cressida Connolly and 'Thirteen' by Steven Cavanagh.

View
See More

You may also be interested in...

Conversations with Friends
Added to basket
£8.99   £6.99
Paperback
The Love Letter
Added to basket
£7.99   £5.99
Paperback
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
Added to basket
A Discovery of Witches
Added to basket
£8.99   £6.99
Paperback
Macbeth
Added to basket
£7.99   £5.99
Paperback
Lethal White
Added to basket
£20.00   £10.00
Hardback
A Question of Trust
Added to basket
£7.99   £5.99
Paperback
The Clockmaker's Daughter
Added to basket
£18.99   £9.49
Hardback
The Handmaid's Tale
Added to basket
£8.99   £6.99
Paperback
Three Things About Elsie
Added to basket
£7.99   £5.99
Paperback
Into the Water
Added to basket
£7.99   £5.99
Paperback
Love is Blind
Added to basket
£18.99   £15.99
Hardback
Transcription
Added to basket
£20.00   £16.99
Hardback
Wild Fire
Added to basket
£16.99   £14.99
Hardback
Snap
Added to basket
£8.99   £6.99
Paperback

Reviews

View all

“Makes you think about the war years”

This is a book that makes you think. Having been born in 1954, all my life I've been told how evil Sir Oswald Mosley and his British Union was. This book covers the party from a Society Woman's point of... More

Hardback edition
7th June 2018
Helpful? Upvote 9

“Quite interesting”

I was sent a copy of After the Party by Cressida Connolly to read and review by NetGalley.
The beginning of this novel was very engaging, beautifully written and full of promise. However, the further I got into the... More

Hardback edition
20th May 2018
Helpful? Upvote 9

“Well written story of class and politics in 1930's Britain”

I really enjoyed this book with its nuanced writing about class and politics in the UK in the late 1930s, and, due to the author's skills, I was surprised to find myself feeling quite sympathetic towards naive... More

Hardback edition
7th June 2018
Helpful? Upvote 7

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.