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Green Money

Green Money

“Now, listen to me,” said Mr. Green earnestly. “I’ve brought up my little girl as a girl should be brought up. I’ve sheltered her from the world. She’s uncontaminated by the modern ideas-uncontaminated. What d’you think of that?” Young George Ferrier’s frivolous jaunt in London ends with an unexpected encounter with wealthy Mr. Green, old…

Dear Hugo

Dear Hugo

When the time comes for you to retire, Hugo, if you want a quiet life, don’t settle down in the country. Bury yourself in London or any really large city, and you can live like a hermit, but avoid the outskirts of a village. I am dazed by the ceaseless whirl of activities in which…

This book was written for those who don’t despise children’s parties, Edwardian actresses, dancing classes and the scent of lilac over sun-warmed fences. Barbara Morant spent a crucial part of her childhood in the unremarkable suburban house which lends this novel its name. For her siblings, it’s merely a place to live; for her mother,…

Miss Plum and Miss Penny

Miss Plum and Miss Penny

Miss Penny is a middle-aged spinster living a cheerful, contented life, complete with perfect housekeeper, in an idyllic English village. Her romantic life consists of an annual Christmas card from her old flame George, and her social swirl involves Stanley, a prissy neighbour who keeps her in mind for a future wife, and Hubert, a…

Young Mrs Savage

Young Mrs Savage

Sometimes she wished she could stick up a large notice saying: “FOUR CHILDREN ARE NOT TOO MANY” . . . Raising four young children on her own in the years of postwar rationing, widowed Dinah tends to be the subject of sympathetic murmurs. But though she has little money, is perpetually tired, and remains haunted…

Four Gardens

Four Gardens

She announced herself, rather self-consciously, as Mrs. Henry Smith, and he replied that Mrs. Cornwallis was expecting her. To Caroline, following him through a wide shabby hall, the whole episode was beginning to feel like a nightmare. She was intensely conscious of herself-of her dress, her voice, the way she placed her feet. She felt…