The Far Side of a Kiss (Vintage Classics)

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When William Hazlitt published Liber Amoris, his 'book of love', in 1823, scandal rocked the literary world. He had chosen as the object for his grand Romantic passion a mere serving maid - and she had disillusioned him by proving just as tawdry as all the rest. But what of Sarah Walker, the victim of Hazlitt's unfortunate obsession? In a magnificent work of imaginative empathy, Anne Haverty rescues her form silence and obscurity to let her tell her side of the story. She describers her gradual seduction by the wild man of letters as she tired to ward off inappropriate advances without offending him, but can't help being fascinated by his stories of revolutionary France and the pleasures of Italy.

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"Luminous intelligence, humour and sympathy. Early 19th-century London and the 19-year-old Sarah live and breathe." -"The Times""Anne Haverty's ability to imagine the sights, smells and voices of early 19th-century London is nothing short of miraculous... brilliantly done." -"Sunday Telegraph"

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Anne Haverty was born in Tipperary and now lives in Dublin. Her highly acclaimed first novel, One Day as a Tiger, won the Rooney Prize and was short-listed for the 1997 Whitbread First Novel Award. Her first collection of poetry, The Beauty of the Moon, was Poetry Book Society Recommendation in 1999.

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