First published in 1968, this quietly ironic exploration of the ways in which the parental mould is not easily broken, is one of Elizabeth Taylor's most ambitious novels.You know,' Midge began, and paused.
She was rather taken aback, and could not at once think of anything to say. 'Perhaps there's nothing so dangerous as having led a sheltered life.'Cressy has grown up in a world of women, presided over by her eccentric, artistic grandfather Harry Bretton.
Rebelling against the wholesome, organic values of her home life, Cressy decides to leave home in search of more ephemeral pleasures.
Taking a job in an antiques shop, she meets David, a self-satisfied journalist, also looking for means of fleeing the family nest.
But as Cressy cannot fend for herself and David is securely tied to his mother's apron strings, this act of escape for both of them proves a powerful form of bondage.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 208 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
- Publication Date: 01/11/2010
- Category: Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
- ISBN: 9781844086559