Camberwell Beauty

The laugh-out-loud debut from the Sunday Times bestselling author


Author: Jenny Eclair

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1405525398

Category: Fiction

Page: 416

View: 5807

'Viciously funny' Daily Mail Welcome to one of the nicest streets in one of London's vilest boroughs: a determined middle-class oasis of skips and bay trees, where Volvos sniff each others' bumpers and men called Giles live with women called Samantha. This is a satellite-dish-free zone of tall houses, standing shoulder to shoulder with big front doors, five floors apiece. Come inside, shut the door and smell the coffee: you could almost be in Kensington. This is where the actors, writers and media types live, where small children wearing smart uniforms and shoes in the shape of lightbulbs get ferried every day to schools that are not local. Some people are luckier than others; fortune smiles on some and gobs on the rest. Jo Metcalf (no. 95) smokes and spies on the smug Cunninghams down the street as they play their bile-inducing game of happy families. Why is the grass greener on the other side of the fence? But happiness is a fragile thing and hairline cracks in a perfect world can become craters of misery . . . Full of comic insight and realistic observation of contemporary British life, this is the debut novel from Sunday Times bestseller Jenny Eclair. _____________________ PRAISE FOR JENNY ECLAIR: 'Wonderfully written, insightful and riveting' Daily Mail 'Both heart-rending and compelling' Clare Mackintosh 'SO immersive, atmospheric and compelling' Marian Keyes 'Witty, moving, dark and absorbing' Jo Brand 'An elegant, gripping and mesmeric read' Helen Lederer 'An absolute page-turner of a story' Judy Finnigan 'Compelling, compassionate and keenly observed' Independent ___________ Don't miss the unforgettable new novel from Jenny Eclair - INHERITANCE is out now

Camberwell Beauty


Author: Frances Melvin

Publisher: Ulverscroft Large Print

ISBN: 9780708911051

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

View: 1903

Camberwell Through Time


Author: John D. Beasley

Publisher: Amberley Publishing Limited

ISBN: 1445627264

Category: History

Page: 96

View: 4897

The Aurelian Legacy

British Butterflies and Their Collectors


Author: Michael A. Salmon,Peter Marren,Basil Harley

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520229630

Category: Nature

Page: 432

View: 2390

This entertaining and informative book traces the history of butterfly collection in Britain from the 17th century, when the study of natural history had its beginnings. Laced with anecdotes and quotations, the beautifully illustrated volume describes the equipment used and gives brief biographies of 101 deceased lepidopterists. 58 illustrations, 42 in color.

The Camberwell Beauty


Author: V.S. Pritchett

Publisher: Bloomsbury Reader

ISBN: 9781448201006

Category: Fiction

Page: 212

View: 6408

The Camberwell Beauty is a collection of short stories which explore the close-knit world of antique dealers, their obsessions and suspicions, their hatred of customers and the fantasy lives that grow out of the objects they collect. The Lady from Guatemala tells of a celebrated progressive who is haunted in private by an embarrassing admirer, one of the down trodden for whom he has spoken so eloquently in public. Other characters to be met in these stories are Molly, "as noisy as a blowlamp, but pretty", a women who needs two husbands at a time; an innocent young Englishman in Paris who boasts ill-advisedly that he has no mistress, falls in to the Seine and loses his virginity; and a famous producer who plans a film about the twelfth century Albigenses complete with torture, incest, rape and betrayal. This collection of stories shows that Pritchett has a sharp and willing eye for the irrepressible fantasies which colour human existence and an informed curiosity about those areas where the absurd cohabits with the rational.