Friday, 15 May 2009

Recommended Reading List #24

Rachel Cooke reviews a biography of 'one of the finest yet sadly neglected novelists of the 20th century', Reading's own communist Elizabeth Taylor, who was born in 1912 as Betty Coles.

At Mrs Lippincote's, A View of the Harbour and A Game of Hide and Seek are "funny, savage and full of loneliness and suppressed emotion", while Angel and Mrs Palfrey At The Claremont were recently adapted for the cinema.

These elegant works are best devoured enviously alongside violet creams. Apparently that's code for 'a real treat'.


  1. Life on the Mississippi by Mark Twain - not a thing in it about Reading but one of the finest books ever written (imho).

  2. I love Elizabeth Taylor, especially At Mrs Lippincote's. Thanks for reminding me of this book. I should re-read it.


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