by Taylor, Elizabeth, Mantel, Hilary, Mantel, Hilary | Fiction & related items
Paperback | 336 pages
INTRODUCED BY HILARY MANTELElizabeth Taylor is finally being recognised as an important British author: an author of great subtlety, great compassion and great depth – Sarah Waters
Writing stories that are extravagant and fanciful, fifteen-year old Angel retreats to a world of romance, escaping the drabness of provincial life. She knows she is different, that she is destined to become a feted authoress, owner of great riches and of Paradise House . . .
After reading The Lady Irania, publishers Brace and Gilchrist are certain the novel will be a success, in spite of – perhaps because of – its overblown style. But they are curious as to who could have written such a book – an elderly lady, romanticising behind lace curtains? A mustachioed rogue? They were not expecting it to be the pale, serious teenage girl, sitting before them without a hint of irony in her soul. *’Her stories remain with one, indelibly, as though they had been some turning-point in one’s own experience’ Elizabeth Bowen ‘No writer has described the English middle classes with more gently devastating accuracy’ Rebecca Abrams, Spectator