A Far Cry from Kensington (New Directions Classic)
Publish date: September 17th 2000
Publisher: New Directions
Pages no: 196
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, British Literature
, Book Club
, Adult Fiction
, Historical Fiction
, Literary Fiction
If you want to concentrate deeply on some problem, and especially some piece of writing or paper-work, you should acquire a cat. Alone with the cat in the room where you work ... the cat will invariably get up on your desk and settle placidly under the desk lamp ... The cat will settle down and be s...
A Far Cry from Kensington takes place mainly in 1950s London. The narrator, Mrs Agnes (Nancy) Hawkins, is a highly competent editor who begins the novel on the front lines of a failing publishing company. She's sort of an all-purpose secretary/editor who listens to the complaints and schemes of the ...
Read this while I was visiting London and enjoyed the references to different parts of the city. Spark is as good as her name, giving us witty dialog and a pistol of a main character who never misses an opportunity to air her seemingly outrageous but often insightful opinions.
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