Elizabeth Taylor's tender, funny, exquisitely stylish novel keeps us on Angel's side, even though we are appalled by her narcissism and shocked into laughter by her self-delusion. She is a monster, but a delicious monster, and the novel poses, for writers, questions that don't date. That's why I'm so drawn to the book and have loved it for years; there's a bit of Angel in every writer, I fear.
Jane Austen, Elizabeth Taylor, Barbara Pym, Elizabeth Bowen - soul-sisters all
One of the most underrated novelists of the twentieth century
Her stories remain with one, indelibly, as though they had been some turning point in one's own experience
I envy those readers who are coming to her work for the first time. Theirs will be an unexpected pleasure