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Before the War
Author: Fay Weldon

ISBN: 9781784082079
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 21 March 2016
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.0 x 13.0 x 3.2
Description:
Consider Vivien in November 1922. She is twenty four, and a spinster. She wears fashionably droopy clothes, but she is plain and - worse - intelligent. At nearly six foot tall, she is known unkindly by her family as 'the giantess'. Fortunately, Vivien is rich, so she can travel to London and bribe a charismatic London publisher to marry her. What he does not know is that Vivien is pregnant with another's child, and will die in childbirth in just a few months.

Fay Weldon, with one eye on the present and one on the past, offers Vivien's fate to the reader, along with that of London between the wars: a city soaked in drizzle, peopled with flat-chested flappers, shell-shocked servicemen and aristocrats desperately clinging onto the past. Inventive, witty and empathetic, this is a spellbinding historical novel from one of the foremost novelists of our time.

About the Author

Weldon's work includes more than twenty novels, five collections of short stories, several children's books, nonfiction books, magazine articles, and a number of plays written for television, radio, and the stage. She was awarded a CBE in 2001.

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