The Long View

The Long View

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 25/02/2016
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The Long View
EJH is superb.
A gripping tale of a life told backwards, The Long View manages to be beautifully intimate whilst also addressing the universal concerns of loneliness and ... READ MORE
Lucy Dunham
The Long View
Complex, Intimate and Ultimately Honest
Mrs Fleming has no first name for the first half of the book and the second half of her life. Defined by her wifely title, she struggles to maintain a sens... READ MORE
Georgie Matthews at Windsor


With an introduction by Hilary Mantel. One of his secret pleasures was the loading of social dice against himself. He did not seem for one moment to consider the efforts made by kind or sensitive people to even things up: or if such notions ever occurred to him, he would have observed them with detached amusement, and reloaded more dice. In 1950s London, Antonia Fleming faces the prospect of a life lived alone. Her children are now adults; her husband Conrad, a domineering and emotionally complex man, is a stranger. As Antonia looks towards her future, the novel steadily moves backwards in time, tracing Antonia's relationship with Conrad to its beginning in the 1920s, through years of mistake and motherhood, dreams and war. Originally published in 1956, The Long View is Elizabeth Jane Howard's uncannily authentic portrait of one marriage and one woman. Observant and heartbreaking, written with exhilarating wit, it is a gut-wrenching account of the birth and death of a relationship - as extraordinary as it is timeless. "... considered this to be one of the great novels of the 20th century, it deserves a rediscovery" - The Daily Mail

  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan
  • ISBN: 9781447272243
  • Number of pages: 480
  • Weight: 328g
  • Dimensions: 199 x 131 x 31 mm

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The Long View
Stick with it!
I nearly fell at the first hurdle with this book; I was bored and irritated by the behaviour of the over-privileged and tiresome 'children' in the first pa... READ MORE
Christine Holmes
The Long View
Needed perseverence to begin with, but became compelling
To begin with, I found this book required perseverance. A lot of characters are introduced at once; the style hops between characters' heads within the sam... READ MORE
Roz Morris