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Eustace and Hilda: With an introduction by Anita Brookner

L. P. Hartley

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Classic fiction (pre c 1945)

The magnum opus from the author of the much loved classic, THE GO-BETWEEN: 'A masterpiece from the very first image' (Guardian)

'A masterpiece' Anita Brookner
'A very beautiful novel' Nick Hornby
'Includes some of the most perfect sentences in English' Guardian

At the turn of the twentieth century, two children play on an English beach. Eustace, a gentle, dreamy, boy with a weak heart, relies on his older sister Hilda.

As young adults, Eustace and Hilda are unexpectedly invited to stay at the grand country house of the wealthy Staveley family. The weekend's events will haunt the siblings' lives as their story travels from Oxford colleges to Venetian palazzi.

The magnum opus from the author of The Go-Between, this is an enchanting, tender exploration of two siblings who cannot live together or apart.

With an introduction by Anita Brookner

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Praise for Eustace and Hilda: With an introduction by Anita Brookner

  • A very beautiful novel, full of delicate people and filigree observation

  • A masterpiece from the very first image ... includes some of the most perfect sentences in English - Guardian

  • This masterpiece - for it is no less than that - imposes its convictions without underlining them. One closes the book with a feeling of profound sadness, of regret not only for Eustace and Hilda but for the beautiful literary undertaking that is now ended. Few modern novels impose high standards. This one unquestionably does

  • 'The combined effect of these three books is one of mounting excellence. Eustace, the central figure, is an immortal portrayal of the delights and agonies of childhood and adolescence

  • Apart from George Eliot's Mill on the Floss, no other novel offers such a devastating illumination of sibling rivalry - Independent

  • Powerfully evokes the lost world of childhood. Hartley is a master of character, but never at the expense of plot or pace, and it is rare to find a novelist so skilled at all three - Literary Review

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L. P. Hartley

L. P. Hartley (1895-1972) was a British writer, described by Lord David Cecil as 'One of the most distinguished of modern novelists; and one of the most original'. His best-known work is The Go-Between, which was made into a 1970 film. Other works include The Betrayal, The Brickfield, The Boat, My Fellow Devils, A Perfect Woman and Eustace and Hilda, for which he was awarded the 1947 James Tait Black Memorial Prize. He was awarded the CBE in 1956.

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