Jane Austen, Elizabeth Taylor, Barbara Pym, Elizabeth Bowen - soul-sisters all
One of the most underrated novelists of the twentieth century
I envy those readers who are coming to her work for the first time. Theirs will be an unexpected pleasure
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.
Her stories remain with one, indelibly, as though they had been some turning point in one's own experience