Jane Austen's love life- long the subject of speculation- is finally, delightfully dealt with in the title story of this collection.
Many of the other stories, like 'The Sidmouth Letters,' bring together past and present- with sometimes hilarious, sometimes disturbing, often intensely moving results. With quiet elegance and devastating accuracy, Jane Gardam probes many and varied lives.
We meet a trio of Kensington widows, mean-spirited and middle-aged, paying improbable tribute to a long exploited nanny; we await- with dread- a stranger to tea in an Engliish home; we witness the mercurial changes that take place in young love, and we watch as a bohemian, passionate past returns to tempt domestic bliss.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 160 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
- Publication Date: 01/01/1988
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780349114088