A troubled family gather at the ancestral home on the Welsh coast, awkwardly awaiting the death of the family patriarch. Polite conversation gives way to sly remarks and bickering in this tense reunion, and the household's respectable surface is scratched away to expose secret warfare, malicious games and viciously funny class-consciousness.
In Alice Thomas Ellis's first novel, the caustic wit, brisk pace, and profound insight she is famous for are displayed to full effect.
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A fine eye for human weakness and an acid pen conspire to make a brilliantly observed novel. ( DAILY MAIL)
Ellis's satire was heralded in 1977 as a modern classic, and the sleight of prose alone still merits a read today. ( OBSERVER)
* An elegant and biting tale of complicated family relations
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Book Description Penguin Books, 1986. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0140092021