The Long View - Picador Classic (Paperback)
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The Long View - Picador Classic (Paperback)

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Published: 25/02/2016
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With an introduction by Hilary Mantel. One of his secret pleasures was the loading of social dice against himself. He did not seem for one moment to consider the efforts made by kind or sensitive people to even things up: or if such notions ever occurred to him, he would have observed them with detached amusement, and reloaded more dice. In 1950s London, Antonia Fleming faces the prospect of a life lived alone. Her children are now adults; her husband Conrad, a domineering and emotionally complex man, is a stranger. As Antonia looks towards her future, the novel steadily moves backwards in time, tracing Antonia's relationship with Conrad to its beginning in the 1920s, through years of mistake and motherhood, dreams and war. Originally published in 1956, The Long View is Elizabeth Jane Howard's uncannily authentic portrait of one marriage and one woman. Observant and heartbreaking, written with exhilarating wit, it is a gut-wrenching account of the birth and death of a relationship - as extraordinary as it is timeless.

"... considered this to be one of the great novels of the 20th century, it deserves a rediscovery" - The Daily Mail

Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 9781447272243
Number of pages: 480
Weight: 328 g
Dimensions: 199 x 131 x 31 mm


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Beautifully written and richly perceptive - Daily Telegraph

When I read The Long View . . . I realized I would never write anything of such subtlety and penetration: there was no point in even hoping to write a novel if this was the standard of excellence - Andrew Brown, Guardian

What a beautiful, subtle, endlessly insightful writer. What compassion, what mesmerising detail, what godlike lightness of touch - Chris Cleave, Guardian

Her talent seemed so effervescent, so unstoppable, that there was no predicting where it might take her - Hilary Mantel, author of Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies

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“EJH is superb.”

A gripping tale of a life told backwards, The Long View manages to be beautifully intimate whilst also addressing the universal concerns of loneliness and longing. Howard writes with warmth and precision, and is... More

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“Complex, Intimate and Ultimately Honest”

Mrs Fleming has no first name for the first half of the book and the second half of her life. Defined by her wifely title, she struggles to maintain a sense of self – a struggle no doubt undergone by hundreds of women... More

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“Stick with it!”

I nearly fell at the first hurdle with this book; I was bored and irritated by the behaviour of the over-privileged and tiresome 'children' in the first part of the novel but gritted my teeth and carried on.... More

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