Cornouailles, 1947. Comme tous les étés, le révérend Seddon rend visite au père Bott. Hélas, son ami n'a pas de temps à lui accorder cette année, car il doit écrire une oraison funèbre : l'hôtel de Pendizack, manoir donnant sur une paisible crique, vient de disparaître sous l'éboulement de la falaise qui le surplombait. Et avec lui, sept résidents...
Dans cette maison reconvertie en hôtel par ses propriétaires désargentés étaient réunis les plus hétéroclites des vacanciers : une aristocrate égoïste, une écrivaine bohème et son chauffeur-secrétaire, un couple endeuillé, une veuve et ses trois fillettes miséreuses, un chanoine acariâtre et sa fille apeurée... Le temps d'une semaine au bord de la mer dans l'Angleterre de l'après-guerre, alors que les clans se forment et que les pires secrets sont révélés, les fissures de la falaise ne cessent de s'élargir...
Auteure talentueuse et espiègle, Margaret Kennedy pousse à leur comble les travers de ses personnages dans une fable pleine d'esprit et de sagesse.
Ce Festin est un régal !
Celebrated by Cathy Rentzenbrink, this glorious rediscovered classic exploring the mystery of a buried Cornish hotel is perfect for Agatha Christie and Daphne du Maurier fans ... ''Hilarious and perceptive, here''s the perfect seaside holiday read.'' Daily Mail ''The miniature charm of a Baby Austen.'' Observer ''Tense, touching, human, dire, and funny ... A feast indeed.'' Elizabeth Bowen ''Kennedy is not only a romantic but an anarchist.'' Anita Brookner ''So full of pleasure that you could be forgiven for not seeing how clever it is.'' Cathy Rentzenbrink ''Oh boy, what a treat; wonderfully sharp and funny; I devoured this ... Page-turningly good!'' Lissa Evans Cornwall, Midsummer 1947. Pendizack Manor Hotel is buried in the rubble of a collapsed cliff. Seven guests have perished, but what brought this strange assembly together for a moonlit feast before this Act of God - or Man? Over the week before the landslide, we meet the hotel guests in all their eccentric glory: and as friendships form and romances blossom, sins are revealed, and the cracks widen ... Reader Reviews: ''Really clever - but readable. Perfect for a sunlounger (in the garden!)'' '' One of the best books I have ever read ... Viva Ms. Kennedy, you were truly marvellous!'' ***** ''The best book I''ve ever read. Yes, I know that''s a big statement! Kennedy is quickly becoming my all-time favorite author ... A first-rate literary genius. '' ***** '' This is bar none, one of the best books I have ever read.'' ***** ''A magnificent rediscovery ... Kennedy''s masterpiece is a searing and unflinching look at postwar England ... Elegantly and tartly written, this smart and haunting novel offers one of the most unforgettable endings ... A brilliant and moving literary feast to be enjoyed without any moderation ! ***** ''I''m longing to read this again! Clever Kennedy! Is it a thriller? Is it a morality play or an exploration of divine justice? Or is it a family/village saga and maybe even a romance? ... Terrifically readable with a marvellous cast .'' ***** ''This isn''t just the story of a Cornish summer holiday gone horribly wrong. Kennedy is, in fact, doing something much cleverer and more sophisticated - offering us the chance to solve a very unusual kind of mystery ... An unexpectedly engaging literary game.'' **** ''Such a good idea, and brilliantly executed ... I was unable to stop reading, absorbed completely in the company of the motley group. It''s almost like you''re eavesdropping on them. After finishing it, I find myself still thinking about it ... A fabulous read.'' ***** ''One of my favorite kinds of books: a forgotten treasure . The writing is exemplary ... Many, many fine moments.'' *****
Avant-garde composer Albert Sanger lives in a ramshackle chalet in the Swiss Alps, surrounded by his 'Circus' of assorted children, admirers and a slatternly mistress. The family and their home life may be chaotic, but visitors fall into an enchantment, and the claims of respectable life or upbringing fall away.When Sanger dies, his Circus must break up and each find a more conventional way of life. But fourteen-year-old Teresa is already deeply in love: for her, the outside world holds nothing but tragedy.
Betsy Canning is dissatisfied with life. She has always taken pains to be healthy, popular and well-treated, but despite her wealth, her comfortable homes and beautiful children, happiness eludes her. The problem must lie, she thinks, in her marriage to Alec, and a neat, civilised divorce seems the perfect solution. But talk of divorce sparks interference from family and friends, and soon public opinion tears into the fragile fabric of family life and private desire. Alec and Betsy's marriage will not be the only casualty, and in this newly complicated world, happiness is more elusive than ever.
Agatha is aware of an intensity, a powerful storm of emotion briefly awakened by a shortlived love affair with her cousin Gerald, that is entirely lacking from the successful marriage on which she is about to embark. Beautiful, young and carefully brought up, Agatha knows she is securing a perfect and luxurious future in marrying handsome John Clewer and becoming Mistress of Lyndon, and she soon becomes the perfect country house hostess. But when Gerald reappears and war in Europe disturbs the sheltered comfort of Lyndon forever, Agatha is once again haunted by the idea of a different life.
According to a sensational West End play, the Victorian children's writer, Dorothea Harding, was no dowdy maiden aunt, but the passionate participant in a torrid, tragic romance. It is the task of Roy Collins to turn the play into an equally popular film. Dorothea's descendents have only weak objections to the misuse of their relation's private past - they need money more than dignity. But Roy has misgivings, and when a set of revealing letters are discovered, he begins to feel that the truth might be more important than the story.
A Victorian gentleman is forced by illness to entertain himself with the family archive, and he uncovers the Regency-era correspondence and diaries of one Miles Lufton, MP - apparently a black sheep of the family, connected with a scandal long buried. But through the pieced-together artefacts from the past, a fuller picture emerges of a man torn between two personalities - Miles, serious, studious and penniless, and 'Pronto', flirt, political mover and eternal 'extra man'. Miles longs to dispose of his disreputable alter ego, but that way lies calamity...
Kate is bored of being overlooked by her grown-up children and decides to escape on an Aegean cruise. She ends up in Keritha - a mysterious Greek island all but forgotten by the modern world. There she encounters her childhood friends, the Challoners, returned to the island of their birth to claim their heritage. When another stray arrives: the unattractive, foolish Selwyn Potter, Kate is irritated. But under the spell of this strange and beautiful island both visitors find themselves, and each other, cast in a new light.
'She is not only a romantic but an anarchist, and she knows the ways of men and women very well indeed' Anita Brookner
Hugo Potts is a successful London playwright enjoying his moment of notoriety. Adored by critics and pursued by women, he's the darling of the literary scene. But his public personae is exactly that - a personae - and he works exhaustedly day and night to portray the person the public expect him to be. One weekend he attends a party at a country house alongside the most important publishers and writers of the time. It's an opportunity, of course, to meet interesting women. But over the course of the weekend he finds himself scorned by one, and unexpectedly profoundly understood by another, and his values and everything he's held to be important abruptly come into question.
Romilly Brandon was heir to a fortune and the handsomest and liveliest young man in the county. But in his twenty-first year, the pretty daughter of the local parson, Jenny Newbolt broke his heart, and he left to live a dissipated life in London. Returning years later, Romily finds many surprises - his one-time sweetheart grown old and withered, and in possession of a great secret that shakes him to his core. When Romily finally learns the truth, is it too late to atone?
Elissa Koebel's memoir is as scandalous and self-absorbed as its writer, but for Hope, it is more than just the latest salacious read. The chapter 'A Summer in Ireland' tells of an episode that Hope remembers well, when the younger, beautiful and unconventional Koebel arrived to disrupt a family holiday. But back then, Hope could not guess that her own fascination with Elissa was echoed by her father. Letters from the time reveal yet another side of the story - but which version of the story is the truth?
'Margaret Kennedy caught just the taste of the time, mixing a stolid domestic Englishness with 'Continental' bohemians' Irish TimesWilliam and Emily Crowne seem to have it all - they live a life of privilege and glamour in London, the children of a successful poet, attractive, happy, largely blind to the world around them. But life takes an unexpected turn when their mother dies, and their father is caught up in the most scandalous and notorious of criminal trials. Suddenly effectively orphans, their aunt takes them in, and they grow up alongside their cousins, Trevor and Charlotte. But tensions and jealousies are rife between the four, and soon the Crowne children find that their father's notoriety will follow them into their adult lives, with devastating consequences.
Lucy Carmichael - Margaret Kennedy's tenth novel, first published in 1951 and a work by a mature novelist at the height of her powers - opens on an unforgettably disastrous scene, as the novel's eponymous heroine, preparing to savour her wedding day, is instead jilted at the altar. Lucy Carmichael's recovery from this calamity forms the substance of the story that follows. She takes a job in the rural Lincolnshire village of Ravonsbridge, at an educational institute established by a wealthy manufacturer for the cultural benefit of the local community. This employment will come to offer Lucy a second chance at romance, but it also brings her unexpectedly into contact with a host of remarkable characters who will influence how she sees the world.Lucy Carmichael has a density of realism, full of details and observations that the reader will recognize as truthful, and the rich sense of real people leading real lives, as Margaret Kennedy paints of her characters in three dimensions and gives each one his or her due within the story.
The Oracles was the twelfth novel published by Margaret Kennedy (1896-1967) and its titular subjects are the members of a group of provincial intellectuals who happen upon what seems to them a piece of stunningly advanced modern sculpture. Possibly they are not to be blamed for failing to see that it is, in fact, only a commonplace garden chair that has been struck by lightning and twisted radically out of shape. However, under a delusion, The Oracles endeavour to force their fellow townsmen to purchase the 'work' with public money. This comedy of suspense, tension and confusion presents yet another splendid demonstration of Margaret Kennedy's remarkable storytelling gift.
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