Mrs Palfrey At The Claremont

Mrs Palfrey At The Claremont: A Virago Modern Classic

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 06/04/2006
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Mrs Palfrey At The Claremont
Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont
I have only recently discovered Elizabeth Taylor's writing, and after reading this, I fell in love with her straight away. Mrs Palfrey is a warm, charming ... READ MORE
Becci Cooper at Worcester


'Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont is, for me, her masterpiece' - Robert McCrum, Guardian, 'The Best 100 Novels'
'An author of great subtlety, great compassion and great depth' - SARAH WATERS
'Jane Austen, Elizabeth Taylor, Elizabath Bowen - soul-sisters all' ANNE TYLER

On a rainy Sunday in January, the recently widowed Mrs Palfrey arrives at the Claremont Hotel where she will spend her remaining days. Her fellow residents are magnificently eccentric and endlessly curious, living off crumbs of affection and snippets of gossip. Together, upper lips stiffened, they fight off their twin enemies: boredom and the Grim Reaper.

Then one day Mrs Palfrey strikes up an unlikely friendship with an impoverished young writer, Ludo, who sees her as inspiration for his novel.

'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' -Robert McCrum 'the 100 best novels', Guardian

  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
  • ISBN: 9781844083213
  • Number of pages: 208
  • Weight: 170g
  • Dimensions: 195 x 128 x 13 mm

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Mrs Palfrey At The Claremont
I enjoyed this
I enjoyed Mrs Palfrey immensely. I thought the characters were subtly and yet concisely drawn in a dry style that reminded me of Jane Austin. The period de... READ MORE
Mrs Palfrey At The Claremont
A wonderful discovery
I heard about this book when it was championed by David Baddiel on Radio 4's "Book Club" and I was rather ashamed I had not read Elizabeth Taylor before; n... READ MORE
Molly Tremble
Mrs Palfrey At The Claremont
Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont.
I heard this book being read on Radio 4, and couldn't wait to b buy it. The book is a sheer delight. No doubt of its' sadness, but oh so evocative of the s... READ MORE
Mrs Palfrey At The Claremont
After the death of her husband, Mrs Palfrey decides to move into the Claremont hotel for the remainder of her retirement. It's more genteel than a nursing ... READ MORE
Mrs Palfrey At The Claremont
Understated and engaging
Mrs Palfrey, newly widowed, moves into the Claremont Hotel. She expects that she will not check out again until her death. Chosen for it’s location, with a... READ MORE
Janet E
Mrs Palfrey At The Claremont
Mrs Palfrey and /Celia Johnson
In 1973 a version of Elizabeth Taylor's novel was made for BBC television. Mrs Palfrey was asked on screen to name her favourite cinema film, something whi... READ MORE
Brief Encounter
Mrs Palfrey At The Claremont
Easy to read, well written
A short way in that I realised had seen the tv drama based on the book a few years ago. Set in its time the story focuses on Mrs Palfrey's retirement to a ... READ MORE