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Beyond The Glass

Antonia White

6 Reviews

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Virago Modern Classics, Fiction, Classic fiction (pre c 1945)

Evelyn Waugh called her one of the very best novelists of the day - a title she still deserves' Carol Shields

Clara Batchelor is twenty-two. Her brief, doomed marriage to Archie over, she returns to live with her parents in the home of her childhood. She hopes for comfort but the devoutly Catholic household confines her and forms a dangerous glass wall of guilt and repression between Clara and the outside world. Clara both longs for and fears what lies beyond, and when she escapes into an exhilarating and passionate love affair her fragile identity cracks.

Beyond the Glass completes the trilogy sequel to Frost in May, which began with The Lost Traveller and The Sugar House. Although each is a complete novel in itself, together they form a brilliant portrait of a young girl's journey to adulthood.

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Praise for Beyond The Glass

  • Last in the Frost in May series, this delicate but powerful novel traces the descent of Clara Batchelor into madness . . . In many ways this is the most impressive of the series, with its bewilderingly honest portrayal of the breakdown of a woman and an artist. Clara's story is partly drawn from White's own collapse, her relationship with Catholicism and the influence of her adored but repressive father - GUARDIAN

  • An extraordinarily perceptive and yet detached account of the descent into madness - GOOD HOUSEKEEPING

  • Antonia White's true brilliance as a writer emerges - NEW STATESMAN

  • Last in the Frost in May series, this delicate but powerful novel traces the descent of Clara Batchelor into madness . . . In many ways this is the most impressive of the series, with its bewilderingly honest portrayal of the breakdown of a woman and an artist. Clara's story is partly drawn from White's own collapse, her relationship with Catholicism and the influence of her adored but repressive father - GUARDIAN

  • An extraordinarily perceptive and yet detached account of the descent into madness - GOOD HOUSEKEEPING

  • Antonia White's true brilliance as a writer emerges - NEW STATESMAN

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Antonia White

Antonia White was born in 1899 and educated at in London at St. Paul's and RADA. She worked as a journalist and in the Foreign Office, had four novels published and translated over thirty novels from French. She died in Sussex in 1980.

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