The People on Privilege Hill and Other Stories

Jane Gardam (Author)
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Description

"Engrossing stories of hilarity and heartbreak" from the Whitbread Award-winning author of the Old Filth trilogy (The Seattle Times).

A collection of stories from a writer at the height of her powers--a celebrated stylist admired for her caustic humor, freewheeling imagination, love of humanity, and wicked powers of observation. This is a delightful grouping of stories, witty and wise, that includes the return of Sir Edward Feathers, "Old Filth" himself.

"[Gardam's] stories, like delicate tapestries, are alight with colors." --The Times (London)

"When Gardam hits her mark, like other exemplary short-story writers such as William Trevor, Sylvia Townsend Warner and Elizabeth Taylor, she can be dazzling."--The Guardian

"Gardam's brisk narration and fearless temperament make for serious fun."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Wry, economical and perpetually surprising, these 14 stories from English novelist Gardam follow the last of the intrepid, stiff upper lip WWII generation of British ladies and gentlemen. . . . Gardam vividly evokes an age of iron wills."--Publishers Weekly

"Gardam displays the consummate skill of the short-story-teller, which is that of the caricaturist, the ability to capture a personality in a few brief strokes. . . . Privilege Hill is a collection of gentle stories that you could read to your grandmother, with the kind of sharp wit that would no doubt give her a secret smile. But they're deeper than they look . . . so don't read them all at once."--The Bookbag

Product Details

Price
$15.95  $14.67
Publisher
Europa Editions
Publish Date
August 01, 2008
Pages
196
Dimensions
5.3 X 0.7 X 8.2 inches | 0.6 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9781933372563
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About the Author

Jane Gardam has twice won the Whitbread Award, for The Hollow Land, and Queen of the Tambourine. She is also the author of God on the Rocks, which was short-listed for the Man Booker Prize, and most recently, Faith Fox.

Reviews

Praise for Jane Gardam
aGardamas prose is so economical that no moment she describes is either gratuitous or wasted.aa"The New Yorker"
aArtful, perfectly judged shifts of mood fill "The People on Privilege Hill "with an abiding sense of joy.aa"The Guardian"
aGardam is an exquisite storyteller, picking up threads, laying them down, returning to them and giving them new meaning.aa"The Seattle Times"
a[Gardam] will bring immense pleasure to readers who treasure fiction that is intelligent, witty, sophisticated.aa"The Washington Post"
aGardam is evocative and conveys substance in descriptions and dialogue.a a"The Philadelphia Inquirer"
aJane Gardam is one of our finest novelists. Like Samuel Beckett, she explores the corrosive loneliness of being alive and the courage it takes to continue.a a "The New Statesman"
Praise for Jane Gardam
Gardam s prose is so economical that no moment she describes is either gratuitous or wasted. "The New Yorker"
Artful, perfectly judged shifts of mood fill "The People on Privilege Hill "with an abiding sense of joy. "The Guardian"
Gardam is an exquisite storyteller, picking up threads, laying them down, returning to them and giving them new meaning. "The Seattle Times"
[Gardam] will bring immense pleasure to readers who treasure fiction that is intelligent, witty, sophisticated. "The Washington Post"
Gardam is evocative and conveys substance in descriptions and dialogue. "The Philadelphia Inquirer"
Jane Gardam is one of our finest novelists. Like Samuel Beckett, she explores the corrosive loneliness of being alive and the courage it takes to continue. "The New Statesman"
Praise for Jane Gardam

?Gardam's prose is so economical that no moment she describes is either gratuitous or wasted. "The New Yorker"

?Artful, perfectly judged shifts of mood fill "The People on Privilege Hill "with an abiding sense of joy. "The Guardian"

?Gardam is an exquisite storyteller, picking up threads, laying them down, returning to them and giving them new meaning. "The Seattle Times"

?[Gardam] will bring immense pleasure to readers who treasure fiction that is intelligent, witty, sophisticated. "The Washington Post"

?Gardam is evocative and conveys substance in descriptions and dialogue.? ?"The Philadelphia Inquirer"

?Jane Gardam is one of our finest novelists. Like Samuel Beckett, she explores the corrosive loneliness of being alive and the courage it takes to continue.? ? "The New Statesman"