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The Unspeakable Skipton: The Modern Classic

Pamela Hansford-Johnson

4 Reviews

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Fiction, Classic fiction (pre c 1945)

A wickedly funny novel about a self-proclaimed literary genius abroad.

'Witty, satirical and deftly malicious' Anthony Burgess

'A maliciously witty account of literary skulduggery and loft pretensions.' TLS

Delve into the sparkling and satirical world of Pamela Hansford Johnson with this wickedly funny tragicomedy about a destitute English author living in Bruges.

Living in near destitution in Bruges, once successful British author Skipton is skulking in a cafe when he spies a group of well to do countrymen on holiday. Surviving on payments from his long-suffering publishers for novels he has no intention of delivering, and money from an elderly aunt, he spies an opportunity to swindle the tourists. But when an Italian aristocrat arrives, Skipton recognises an opportunity to earn even more, and conspires with a Flemish antique dealer to sell him a convincing fake. But will the conman himself be conned?

'Very funny' Independent

'If this is not a great book, then I don't know what greatness is.' Edith Sitwell

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Praise for The Unspeakable Skipton: The Modern Classic

  • Very funny - Independent

  • Remarkable - Guardian

  • Witty, satirical and deftly malicious

  • A maliciously witty account of literary skulduggery and lofty pretensions - TLS

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