- File Size: 1631 KB
- Print Length: 303 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1911413732
- Publisher: Dean Street Press (October 3, 2016)
- Publication Date: October 3, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01LYSGZM4
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #579,063 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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About the Author
Rachel Ethelreda Ferguson (1892-1957) was born in Hampton Wick, the youngest of three children. She was educated at home and then sent to a finishing school in Florence, Italy. By the age of 16 she was a fierce campaigner for women’s rights and considered herself a suffragette. She went on to become a leading member of the Women’s Social and Political Union.
In 1911 she became a student at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. She began a career on the stage, which was cut short by the advent of World War I, whereupon Ferguson joined the Women’s Volunteer Reserve. She wrote for Punch, and was the drama critic for the Sunday Chronicle, writing under the name ‘Columbine’. In 1923 she published her first novel, False Goddesses, which was followed by eleven further novels including A Harp in Lowndes Square (1936), A Footman for the Peacock (1940) and Evenfield (1942), all three of which are now available as Furrowed Middlebrow books.
Rachel Ferguson died in Kensington, where she had lived most of her life.--This text refers to the paperback edition.
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If you loved Orson Welles The Magnificent Ambersons - you will love this book. It follows a family from the 1880's, through the flapper era and WWI, depicting the corrupting influence of the family matriarch upon the descendants. The narcissism we now recognize is subtle - controlling the food, the dress, the insults given, and all the machinations of one who is given power only through the fear of her relations.
The first person narration is from the viewpoint of the granddaughter, Vere, as she tries to understand how her grandmother controls her mother and her investigation into the mystery of her mother's childhood.
Part ghost story, part a historical commentary of the changing role of women, and part family drama, I actually found the writing (while at times confusing) to be biting, witty, and fascinating. It's a bit P.G. Wodehouse thrown in there too but more sarcastic.
In the last fourth of the book Vere's romance seems stuck into the plot here but seeing that the author had a passion for the theatre I guess that is why this happens (because it doesn't really move the overall plot forward).