Elizabeth Taylor's most famous novel, shortlisted for the 1975 Booker Prize, is published in VMC designer hardback. Cover by Celia Birtwell.
Elizabeth Taylor (1912-1975) is increasingly recognised as one of the best British writers of the twentieth century. She wrote her first book, At Mrs Lippincote's, during the war while her husband was in the Royal Air Force, and this was followed by eleven further novels and a children's book, Mossy Trotter. Her acclaimed short stories appeared in publications including Vogue, the New Yorker and Harper's Bazaar.
Elizabeth Taylor's exquisitely drawn character study of
eccentricity in old age is a sharp and witty portrait of genteel
postwar English life facing the changes taking shape in the 60s . .
. Much of the reader's joy lies in the exquisite subtlety in
Taylor's depiction of all the relationships, the sharp brevity of
her wit, and the apparently effortless way the plot unfolds . . .
Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont is, for me, her masterpiece --
Robert McCrum * 'the 100 best novels', Guardian *
Jane Austen, Elizabeth Taylor, Barbara Pym, Elizabeth Bowen - soul-sisters all * Anne Tyler *
Elizabeth Taylor is finally being recognised as an important British author: an author of great subtlety, great compassion and great depth. As a reader, I have found huge pleasure in returning to Taylor's novels and short stories many times over. As a writer I've returned to her too - in awe of her achievements, and trying to work out how she does it -- Sarah Waters
One of the most underrated novelists of the twentieth century, Elizabeth Taylor writes with a wonderful precision and grace. Her world is totally absorbing -- Antonia Fraser
She's a magnificent and underrated mid-20th-century writer, the missing link between Jane Austen and John Updike -- David Baddiel * Independent *