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    • ISBN:9781473679900
    • Publication date:04 Oct 2018

The Unspeakable Skipton

The Modern Classic

By Pamela Hansford Johnson

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A wickedly funny novel about a self-proclaimed literary genius abroad.

'Witty, satirical and deftly malicious' Anthony Burgess

Described by the New York Times upon her death as 'one of Britain's best-known novelists', delve into the sparkling and satirical world of Pamela Hansford Johnson with this wickedly funny tragicomedy about a destitute English author living in Bruges.

'A maliciously witty account of literary skulduggery and loft pretensions.' TLS

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Daniel Skipton is a literary genius - at least, that's what he'll tell you.

A tortured artist living in Bruges on money donated by others (a distant relative, the daughter of his landlady, his exasperated, long-suffering publishers), he dreams of the time his talent will once again be truly appreciated and spends days working on his masterpiece.

Between charitable bequests, he preys on tourists, accepting hospitality and tricking them into parting with their money; and when an Italian aristocrat arrives, he recognises an opportunity to earn even more.

But is it time for the conman to be conned?

A wickedly funny novel, and one in which you will always find yourself on the side of the undeniably unspeakable Skipton.

'Very funny' Independent

'If this is not a great book, then I don't know what greatness is.' Edith Sitwell

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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

Biographical Notes

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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  • ISBN: 9781473679894
  • Publication date: 04 Oct 2018
  • Page count: 240
  • Imprint: Hodder Paperbacks
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