Havisham (Hardback)
  • Havisham (Hardback)

Havisham (Hardback)

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Hardback Published: 01/11/2012
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There was a delicate tracery of gold foil on the back of the dress. How strange that such a consummately made garment should be worn for this one day only. But, as every girl growing up understood, her wedding day was the most significant she would know: a woman's crowning glory. Catherine Havisham was born into privilege. Handsome, imperious, she is the daughter of a wealthy brewer, and lives in luxury in Satis House. But she is never far from the smell of hops and the arresting letters on the brewhouse wall - HAVISHAM. A reminder of all she owes to the family name and the family business. Sent by her father to stay with the Chadwycks, Catherine discovers literature, music and masquerades - elegant pastimes to remove the taint of new money. But for all her growing sophistication Catherine is anything but worldly, and when a charismatic stranger pays her attention, everything - her heart, her future, the very Havisham name - is vulnerable. It is a masterly tribute to one of Dickens' most celebrated and iconic characters.

Publisher: Faber & Faber
ISBN: 9780571288281

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“A must read!”

This is a book that fans of Dickens, and particularly Great Expectations must read. It tells the story of the young Miss Havisham and what turned her into the bitter, old woman that Dickens wrote of.

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Hardback edition
16th May 2013
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“Unusual and affecting”

Curiosity about one of Dickens most iconic characters led me to this novel. I expected it to ape Dickens style but it couldn't be more different - I enjoyed the poetic, lyrical prose and the parallel between... More

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10th January 2013
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“Good expectations ?”

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31 October 2012
A worthwhile warm up for the real deal - Great Expectations. An interesting read which develops the characters quite... More

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7th November 2012
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