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This is an auction for THE VIRGIN IN THE GARDEN by A S Byatt.

"Large, complex, ambitious, humming with energy and ideas... A remarkable achievement."
- Iris Murdoch

"Comic, well plotted, immensely touching... Gaudy excitement and splendour."
- The Times

"One to be reckoned with. It cannot be glibly praised or readily dismissed; it is, massively, there, and demands serious consideration."
- Financial Times

"An ambitious novel whose narrative everywhere displays knowledge and intelligence."
- Times Literary Supplement review:

"FIVE STARS!!! This is one of the best literary works I have read. The story of the eccentric Potter family and the quirky works of their minds enthralled me from beginning to end. Frederica Potter is my favourite character in the book. This novel chronicles the life of an eccentric family with subtle magic and dark language. Fifties Britain is described in such a way that made me feel as though I had been alive during those times. The Elizabethan backdrop is also mesmerizing. And I love the quirkiness and darkness in this book. A.S. Byatt is no doubt one of the best writers of this era. Hers is a voice you cannot help but love. I have read her short-story collections and now this book and I cannot wait to read her other works. I cannot recommend The Virgin in the Garden highly enough."

From Wikipedia:

"The Virgin in the Garden is a 1978 realist novel by English novelist A. S. Byatt. Set during the same year as the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, the novel revolves around a play about Elizabeth I of England. The novel has strong use of symbolism that points towards Elizabeth I. The novel is the first of a quartet, followed by Still Life (1985), Babel Tower (1996), and A Whistling Woman (2002)."

Paperback 1994.

566 pages.

Good condition.

The cost of shipping is $4.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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