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An Impossible Marriage: The Modern Classic

Pamela Hansford Johnson

8 Reviews

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Fiction, Classic fiction (pre c 1945)

Rediscover a classic gem in this sparkling and satirical tale of a love affair most ill-advised by Pamela Hansford Johnson.

'As her work reappears, another missing jigsaw piece is replaced' Independent

Described by the New York Times upon her death as 'one of Britain's best-known novelists', plunge yourself into the wry world of Pamela Hansford Johnson in this coming-of-marriageable-age story, perfect for fans of Elizabeth Jane Howard and Barbara Pym.

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It's between the wars, and Christine - Christie, to her friends - is tired of London, her job in a travel agency, her friends, and the young men she's being set up with.

So when, by chance, she meets the older Ned Skelton, who seems sophisticated and experienced, she quickly becomes besotted. Before Christie knows it, they are engaged.

But will marriage to a man she doesn't know well truly offer this young woman an escape? Or is she walking into another prison of her own making?

A classic coming-of-age story set in the 1930s, by one of Britain's best-loved and almost-forgotten novelists.

'A story so vivid it might be the memoir of a real person' Britannia and Eve

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Praise for Pamela Hansford Johnson:
'Witty, satirical and deftly malicious' Anthony Burgess

'A remarkable craftswoman' A.S. Byatt

'Hansford Johnson at her wittiest is Waugh mingled with Malcolm Bradbury Ruth Rendell

'A writer whose memory fully deserves to be kept alive' Jonathan Coe

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Praise for An Impossible Marriage: The Modern Classic

  • As her work reappears, another missing jigsaw piece is replaced - Independent

  • Witty, satirical and deftly malicious

  • Sharply observed, artfully constructed and always enlivened by the freshness of an imagery that derives from [Johnson's] poetic beginnings - TLS

  • A story so vivid it might be the memoir of a real person - Britannia and Eve

  • A remarkable craftswoman

  • Miss Johnson is one of the most accomplished of the English women writers - Kirkus

  • Hansford Johnson at her wittiest is Waugh mingled with Malcolm Bradbury

  • A writer whose memory fully deserves to be kept alive

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