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ELISABETH DE WAAL
The second Elisabeth de Waal novel we publish was again in typescript and again had been hidden in a Californian archive for fifty years. But it was in fact the first novel she wrote and, unlike The Exiles Return, was carefully edited before being sent out to publishers – who rejected it, thinking it was light romance. How wrong they were! This is a condition of England novel with profound overtones. It is set not long after the war in a large, decaying country house near Tunbridge Wells
‘Country House Interior: Mobberley Old Hall’ Mary Elwell 1929
PREFACE BY VICTOR DE WAAL AFTERWORD BY PETER STANSKY
when a young married woman comes from Vienna to stay with the elderly
Mr Barlow. She starts to bring both him and the house to life but is very much resented by his daughters.There are overtones of King Lear – she is Cordelia and they are Goneril and Regan – as well as of The Go-Between.This is a stunningly written novel, an instant classic. Persephone readers have been loud in their praise and have hugely admired the beauty of the writing, which is lyrical, witty and original.
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