The Holiday Friend
The Modern Classic
By Pamela Hansford Johnson
Rediscover a classic gem in this sparkling and satirical tale of a doomed seaside holiday by Pamela Hansford Johnson.
'A powerful tragedy' Independent
Described by the New York Times upon her death as 'one of Britain's best-known novelists', plunge yourself into the wry world of Pamela Hansford Johnson in this story of seduction and marriage, perfect for fans of Elizabeth Jane Howard and Barbara Pym.
Gavin and Hannah Eastwood are a happy couple, holidaying with their overprotected eleven-year-old son Giles in a beautiful village on the coast of Belgium.
Melissa is a student of Gavin's, also in the village, having followed Gavin there. A hopeless romantic living in a fantasy, she obsessively follows the family, going out of her way to bump into the couple repeatedly - soon becoming inescapable.
While Gavin pities her, Hannah finds her presence alarming; and while they're distracted by her appearances, they miss Giles secretly pursuing his own sinister friendship. . .
'Teases your curiosity and plays on your sympathy' Kirkus
Praise for Pamela Hansford Johnson:
'Witty, satirical and deftly malicious' Anthony Burgess
'A remarkable craftswoman' A.S. Byatt
'Hansford Johnson at her wittiest is Waugh mingled with Malcolm Bradbury Ruth Rendell
'A writer whose memory fully deserves to be kept alive' Jonathan Coe
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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A powerful tragedy — Independent
Witty, satirical and deftly malicious — Anthony Burgess
Sharply observed, artfully constructed and always enlivened by the freshness of an imagery that derives from [Johnson's] poetic beginnings — TLS
A remarkable craftswoman — A.S Byatt, author of POSSESSION
Miss Johnson is one of the most accomplished of the English women writers — Kirkus
Hansford Johnson at her wittiest is Waugh mingled with Malcolm Bradbury — Ruth Rendell
A writer whose memory fully deserves to be kept alive — Jonathan Coe, author of THE HOUSE OF SLEEP