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The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets

Eva Rice

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Fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

The classic bestseller adored by thousands of readers, reissued for its tenth anniversary with a stunning new cover, exclusive foreword by Miranda Hart and a brand new short story by the author.

Miranda Hart contributes a fabulous foreword to this beautiful new edition of the beloved bestseller, published to celebrate its ten year anniversary. Hailed a 'modern vintage classic', The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets was a Richard and Judy Book Club Choice.

This special edition also includes a brand new exclusive short story from Eva Rice, The Moth Trap, which offers a glimpse into the cocktail party where Penelope's parents, Archie and Talitha, first met.

Set in the 1950s, in an England still recovering from the Second World War, this is the enchanting story of Penelope Wallace and her eccentric family at the start of the rock'n'roll era.

Penelope longs to be grown-up and to fall in love, but various rather inconvenient things keep getting in her way. Like her mother, a stunning but petulant beauty widowed at a tragically early age, her younger brother Inigo, currently incapable of concentrating on anything that isn't Elvis Presley, a vast but crumbling ancestral home, a severe shortage of cash, and her best friend Charlotte's sardonic cousin Harry...

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Praise for The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets

  • So good we can hardly speak - Observer

  • Utterly fabulous. You will love this book - Miranda Hart

  • A delight of Nancy Mitford-esque trials and tribulations - Vogue

  • If you like your green tea loose and your thank-you notes from Smythson, you'll love this modern vintage classic ***** - Heat

  • Endlessly brilliant. Am irrevocably in love with all the characters - Katherine Rundell

  • A blissful read - Scotsman

  • If Jane Austen were still around, she'd be writing books like this. Rice serves up a slice of vintage lit so yummy, you'll want to eat it all in one go - Cosmopolitan

  • Elegantly and intelligently written - Elle

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Eva Rice

Eva Rice has written three novels and one non-fiction book. She is married to a musician and has three children. She lives in London.

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