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*A classic tale of fantasy and self-delusion from one of the most acclaimed British novelists of the century

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Angel: A Virago Modern Classic by Elizabeth Taylor

Writing stories that are extravagant and fanciful, fifteen-year old Angel retreats to a world of romance, escaping the drabness of provincial life. She knows she is different, that she is destined to become a feted authoress, owner of great riches and of Paradise House . . .

After reading The Lady Irania, publishers Brace and Gilchrist are certain the novel will be a success, in spite of - and perhaps because of - its overblown style. But they are curious as to who could have written such a book: 'Some old lady, romanticising behind lace-curtains' . . . 'Angelica Deverell is too good a name to be true . . . she might be an old man. It would be an amusing variation. You are expecting to meet Mary Anne Evans and in Walks George Eliot twirling his moustache.' So nothing can prepare them for the pale young woman who sits before them, with not a seed of irony or a grain of humour in her soul.

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Angel Reviews

Jane Austen, Elizabeth Taylor, Barbara Pym, Elizabeth Bowen - soul-sisters all * Anne Tyler *
One of the most underrated novelists of the twentieth century * Antonia Fraser *
I envy those readers who are coming to her work for the first time. Theirs will be an unexpected pleasure * Paul Bailey *
Her stories remain with one, indelibly, as though they had been some turning point in one's own experience * Elizabeth Bowen *

About Elizabeth Taylor

Elizabeth Taylor (1912-1975) was born and educated in Reading, and lived most of her life in Buckinghamshire. She wrote her first novel, AT MRS LIPPINCOTE'S during the Second World War.

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Angel: A Virago Modern Classic by Elizabeth Taylor
Elizabeth Taylor
Virago Modern Classics
Used - Very Good
Little, Brown Book Group
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