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A far cry from Kensington /

by Spark, Muriel.
Type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: New Directions classics: Publisher: New York : New Directions, 2000, c1988Description: 189 p. ; 20 cm.ISBN: 0811214575 (alk. paper).Subject(s): Publishers and publishing -- Fiction | Literature publishing -- Fiction | Women editors -- Fiction | Widows -- Fiction | London (England) -- Fiction | Gift of Mariana LeondaridouSummary: Set on the crazier fringes of literary London, Mrs. Hawkins, the majestic narrator, leads us back to her threadbare years in London just after the Second World War. There, as a young widow, she spent her days working for a mad, near-bankrupt publisher and her nights dispensing advice from her small South Kensington rooming house. At work and at home Mrs. Hawkins soon uncovered evil: shady literary doings and a deadly enemy; anonymous letters, blackmail, and suicide. With aplomb she set about putting things in order, little imagining the mayhem that would ensue. Now, decades older, successful and living in Italy, she looks back to all those dark doings and recounts how her life changed forever.
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Originally published: London : Constable ; New York : Houghton Mifflin, 1988.

Set on the crazier fringes of literary London, Mrs. Hawkins, the majestic narrator, leads us back to her threadbare years in London just after the Second World War. There, as a young widow, she spent her days working for a mad, near-bankrupt publisher and her nights dispensing advice from her small South Kensington rooming house. At work and at home Mrs. Hawkins soon uncovered evil: shady literary doings and a deadly enemy; anonymous letters, blackmail, and suicide. With aplomb she set about putting things in order, little imagining the mayhem that would ensue. Now, decades older, successful and living in Italy, she looks back to all those dark doings and recounts how her life changed forever.

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