The Unspeakable Skipton
The Modern Classic
By Pamela Hansford-Johnson
A wickedly funny novel about a self-proclaimed literary genius abroad.
Delve into the sparkling and satirical world of Pamela Hansford Johnson with this wickedly funny tragicomedy about an expatriate and destitute English author living in Bruges.
'Very funny' Independent
'Witty, satirical and deftly malicious' Anthony Burgess
Living in near destitution in Bruges, once successful British author Skipton is skulking in a café when he spies a group of well to do countrymen on holiday. Surviving on payments from his long-suffering publishers for novels he has no intention of delivering, and money from an elderly aunt, he spies an opportunity to swindle the tourists. But when an Italian aristocrat arrives, Skipton recognises an opportunity to earn even more, and conspires with a Flemish antique dealer to sell him a convincing fake. But will the conman himself be conned?
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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Hodder & Stoughton