Hunting Unicorns

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"Hunting Unicorns is a look at the British aristocracy in decline." "Adrift in a rapidly changing world, the Bevans cling to tradition while wrestling with taxes, tree blight, and the need to keep the family skeleton firmly in the cupboard." "The Earl and Countess of Bevan - charming, mad, and emotionally abbreviated. Daniel, their eldest son - funny, clever, but a hopeless alcoholic. Rory, his younger brother - sometimes moody, often cross, but mostly furious." "Enter Maggie, an opinionated and occasionally ferocious American journalist for ...
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Overview

"Hunting Unicorns is a look at the British aristocracy in decline." "Adrift in a rapidly changing world, the Bevans cling to tradition while wrestling with taxes, tree blight, and the need to keep the family skeleton firmly in the cupboard." "The Earl and Countess of Bevan - charming, mad, and emotionally abbreviated. Daniel, their eldest son - funny, clever, but a hopeless alcoholic. Rory, his younger brother - sometimes moody, often cross, but mostly furious." "Enter Maggie, an opinionated and occasionally ferocious American journalist for CBS's hard-hitting current affairs show Newsline. Far happier sending back dispatches from the trenches of war-torn anywhere, Maggie is none too pleased at being forced to research a documentary on the decline and fall of England's upper classes." When these two worlds collide, no one is prepared for the fallout.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Pollen's flashy, witty, urbane romantic comedy digs affectionately at the blue-blooded English. Assigned by current affairs show Newsline to determine if the English aristocracy is "a dying breed who after centuries of appalling behaviour were finally getting their comeuppance," American journalist Maggie Monroe enlists the help of the London agency Stately Locations to meet and interview the well-born owners of those homes. Beleaguered Rory Jones runs the agency, which nets needy owners of crumbling great houses tourist money; unbeknownst to Maggie, he's also the heir of the exalted Bevan family thanks to the untimely death of his older brother, Daniel. Maggie and her film crew brush up on Burke's Peerage and invade the English countryside, running over peacocks and smoking pot in pricelessly appointed bedrooms. Despite Rory's injunction, Maggie ventures to the Bevan mansion and wins over Rory's dotty parents. As cousin to the queen, Rory's father, Earl Alistair, is "pure Newsline Gold... and a total anachronism." He's also an impoverished and rather sweet alcoholic-and the son of a Nazi collaborationist. Pollen (All About Men) ventures into these and other dicey areas dealing with the old aristocracy (i.e., sex) in a most engaging, irreverent manner, using alternate points of view for Maggie and Daniel, who, from beyond the grave, observes the action with wry detachment. Pollen's characterizations veer into the stereotypical, but charmingly so; in the end, Maggie and Rory are two young people in search of authentic experience, despite differences of birth and country. Agent, Sarah Lutyens at Lutyens and Rubinstein (U.K.). (June) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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"Readers who have not yet discovered Bella Pollen will be delighted with her witty take on men, women, and English and American life, culture, and morays. Hunting Unicorns is a piercingly sharp treat!"
-Tama Janowitz

"Readers will adore this witty insider's take on the archaic way of life of a British aristocratic clan. A hilarious but bittersweet love story that juxtaposes the old world with the new."
- Plum Sykes, author of Bergdorf Blondes

"A terrific novel. Bella Pollen has captured the essence of the characters and their story in the most original way, with brilliant flashes of humor and deep poignancy that stay with you long after you have turned the last page."
- Christiane Amanpour, CNN

"Hunting Unicorns - warm, funny, real, unpredictable-is one of the best novels I've read this year."
-Melissa Senate, author of See Jane Date

Tama Janowitz

"Readers who have not yet discovered Bella Pollen will be delighted with her witty take on men, women, and English and American life, culture, and morays....."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802142085
  • Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/9/2005
  • Pages: 353
  • Sales rank: 893,612
  • Product dimensions: 5.46 (w) x 10.84 (h) x 0.95 (d)

Meet the Author

Bella Pollen is a writer and journalist who contributes to a wide variety of publications, including the Sunday Telegraph, Vogue, and the Observer. She is the author of two other novels, All About Men and B Movies, Blue Love. She lives in Ladbroke Grove, London.

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Hunting Unicorns


By Bella Pollen

Grove Atlantic, Inc.

ISBN: 0-8021-4208-7


Chapter One

"As a matter of fact," said Lord Bancroft, and I suddenly realized something interesting was about to happen. Wolf saw it too and he zoomed in close on the Lord's face.

"... it was my twelfth birthday." Lord Bancroft wasn't looking at the camera anymore, but straight through it, back at some forgotten picture of his childhood. "I was just recovering from the flu, if I remember correctly. No, no, she never beat me, dear Nanny, in fact ... well, in fact ... she ... she seduced me."

There was a stunned silence. Lady Bancroft turned to her husband, aghast.

I was shocked. I hadn't been waiting for a moment of revelation, just a moment of ... I don't know, intimacy maybe, or television intimacy at least. "That's terrible," I said, praying he'd go on. There was a pregnant silence.

"No, no, no," Lord Bancroft said finally. "Not so terrible ..." Another agonizing pause. "In actual fact, I quite enjoyed it. You see," he said cautiously, as though testing whether the thin ice he was already skating on might carry a little more weight, "personally I'm rather partial to sex."

"You are?" Lady Bancroft turned sharply.

"Yes, my dear." Lord Bancroft turned to her. "I'm terribly sorry, but I'm afraid I am."

She lowered her gaze but when she raised it again, there was a flash in those pale green eyes. "Well," she said crossly, "you really might have told me because ... so am I."

(Continues...)


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Reading Group Guide


Question: Do you think the author's unusual way of presenting Daniel's voice (from the afterlife) works? In what ways did this perspective open up the story for you?


Question: Daniel briefly 'comes back to life' towards the end of the story. Did you believe this to be the actual ghost of Daniel or simply Rory's conscious manifesting itself.


Question: Some readers have commented that they think Rory is aware of Daniel's voice. Did this strike you at all?


Question: How would you compare the character of the two brothers?


Question: The Bevans are an eccentric bunch. Compare the members to your own family. In some ways, are the characters' dysfunctional ties as a family universal ones? How so? And which seem specific to their unique station in life?


Question: Do you have any sympathy for the Bevans? There is much reverse prejudice in England against the Upper classes. This is perhaps also true of the celebrity culture in the states. One of the themes in the book is that it doesn't matter who you are, or how 'well-off' you are - You can still be sad and troubled. Do you agree with this? Is it possible to feel sympathy for people with large houses, grand titles and great jobs?


Question: Why is Maggie so unwilling to take on the job in England? How you think this job differs from her own experience and would you agree with her that the boundary lines between hard news and entertainment have become dangerously soft?


Question: Are your feelings about England in any way the same as Maggie's? Is the depiction of England in this book one you recognize? If not, in what way does it differ?


Question: Do you believe that Maggie is right in ultimately not exposing the scandal concerning Rory's Grandfather? Do you think she does so at the expense of her journalistic integrity?


Question: Why do you think it is that someone as fearless in their work life as Maggie finds it so hard to be fearless in their personal life?


Question: Do Maggie and Rory have a chance?

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  • Posted January 13, 2011

    Disappointing

    Lacking in depth, eloquence, and interest. A decent book for someone looking for a quick, unchallenging read. Sprinkled with witty humor and a splash of romance, but ultimately unmemorable.

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