The Edwardians

The Edwardians

by Vita Sackville-West
     
 

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At nineteen, Sebastian is a duke and heir to a vast country estate. A deep sense of tradition binds him to his inheritance, though he loathes the social circus he is a part of. Deception, infidelity and greed hide beneath the glittering surface of good manners. Among the guests at a lavish party are two people who will change Sebastian's life: Lady Roehampton,

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At nineteen, Sebastian is a duke and heir to a vast country estate. A deep sense of tradition binds him to his inheritance, though he loathes the social circus he is a part of. Deception, infidelity and greed hide beneath the glittering surface of good manners. Among the guests at a lavish party are two people who will change Sebastian's life: Lady Roehampton, who will initiate him in the art of love; and Leonard Anquetil, a polar explorer who will lead Sebastian and his free-spirited sister Viola to question their destiny.

A portrait of fashionable society at the height of the era, THE EDWARDIANS revealed all that was glamorous about the period - and all that was to lead to its downfall. First published in 1930, it was Vita Sackville-West's most successful book.

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*'Informative and always easy to read . . . Hattersley has done a fine job—Andrew Lycett, SUNDAY TIMES

[A] solid book . . . Hattersley writes entertainingly . . . He is a clear and vigorous writer—Anne Chisholm, SUNDAY TELEGRAPH

Well written and wide ranging book . . . his account of the period is consistently enjoyable—Piers Brendon, DAILY TELEGRAPH

Hattersley makes a riveting case . . . a bold, sweeping synthesis . . . full of gleaming nuggets and offbeat points redolent of hours hunched over neglected papers. It is no surprise to readers of his journalism that it is superbly written, gleefully but wryly highlighting the absurdities and pomposities of the age . . . Hattersley's prose flows smooth as the port at a Sandringham shooting party. What makes this book is not just the quality of its social and political analysis, but the breadth of detail and the quality of its gossipy anecdotes—Colin Donald, HERALD

Library Journal
Set in England of 1905, and first published in 1930, this soap opera finds siblings Sebastian and Viola tied by family duty to upper-crust society while despising it. At a party held at their estate, explorer Leonard Anquetil shows them another way of life. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780860683599
Publisher:
Virago UK
Publication date:
10/28/2003
Series:
Virago Modern Classics
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
349
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.75(h) x 0.75(d)

Meet the Author

Vita Sackville-West (1892-1962), distinguished novelist, poet and critic, was brought up at Knole, and lived with her husband, Harold Nicolson, at Sissinghurst in Kent. She was the inspiration for Virginia Woolf's novel, ORLANDO.

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