Blaiming, Elizabeth Taylor's last novel, is a subtle novel about grief, guilt and compassion.
'How deeply I envy any reader coming to her for the first time!' Elizabeth Jane Howard
A finely nuanced exploration of responsibility, snobbery and culture clash from one of the twentieth century's finest novelists.
When Amy is suddenly left widowed and alone while on holiday in Istanbul, Martha, an American traveller, comforts her and accompanies her back to England. Upon their return, however, Amy is ungratefully reluctant to maintain their relationship, recognising that, under any other circumstances, the two women would not be friends. But guilt is a hard taskmaster, and Martha has away of getting under one's skin ...
'Her stories remain with one, indelibly, as though they had been some turning-point in one's own experience' Elizabeth Bowen
'No writer has described the English middle classes with more gently devastating accuracy' Rebecca Abrams, Spectator
'A Game of Hide and Seek showcases much of what makes Taylor a great novelist: piercing insight, a keen wit and a genuine sense of feeling for her characters' Elizabeth Day, Guardian
A compassionate and devastating tale - Daily Mail
Jane Austen, Elizabeth Taylor, Barbara Pym, Elizabeth Bowen - soul-sisters all - Anne Tyler
Elizabeth Taylor had the keenest eye and ear for the pain lurking behind a genteel demeanour - Paul Bailey, Guardian
How deeply I envy any reader coming to her for the first time! - Elizabeth Jane Howard
How skilfully and with what peculiar exhilaration she negotiated the minefield of the human heart - Spectator
Taylor has the genius of making her characters understood, sometimes with an almost frightening clarity, perhaps because she is compassionate as well as relentless in her delineation of them - New York Times
She's a magnificent and underrated mid-20th-century writer, the missing link between Jane Austen and John Updike - Independent
Elizabeth Taylor was born in Reading, Berks in 1912 and educated at the Abbey School. She worked as a governess in a library and at the age of 24 married a businessman with whom she had a son and daughter. Much of her married life was spent in the village of Penn, Bucks. She published twelve novels and four volumes of short stories. She died in 1975.