An Impossible Marriage
The Modern Classic
By Pamela Hansford-Johnson
Rediscover a classic gem in this sparkling and satirical tale of a love affair most ill-advised by Pamela Hansford Johnson.
Plunge yourself into the sparkling and deliciously satirical world of Pamela Hansford Johnson, one of Britain's wittiest authors, in this tale of a love affair most ill-advised. . .
Perfect for fans of Elizabeth Jane Howard and Barbara Pym.
Living out her happy teenage years in south-west London, Christine's only worries are living in the shadow of her beautiful, dazzling best friend Iris, and avoiding the disapproval of her manager if she's late from her lunch break.
But when Chris is suddenly whisked off her feet by the mysterious - and much older - Ned, her life takes a swift about turn. Choosing to give up her job as a secretary in order to marry, Chris commits herself to life with Ned, only to discover that this beguiling man may not be the person she originally thought...
"I told him that I would do whatever he said, that I would learn from him, that I would trust my life to him. When he thought I was sufficiently conscious of my errors he took me and kissed me until I was breathless with joy and on the edge of hysterical tears; but inside of me a small, cold critic sat aloof..."
'Very funny' Independent
'Witty, satirical and deftly malicious' Anthony Burgess
Pamela Hansford Johnson was born in 1912. As a novelist, she gained recognition with her first novel, This Bed Thy Centre, published in 1935. She then went on to write 26 more novels throughout her life, ranging in genre from romantic and high comedy to tragedy, and the psychological study of cruelty, with themes centred around the moral responsibility of the individual in their personal and social relations. She was also a well-respected critic, a leading Proustian scholar, an essayist, a playwright, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a CBE. She died in 1981.
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04 Oct 2018
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