"She is not only a romantic but an anarchist, and she knows the ways of men and women very well indeed" (Anita Brookner)
"Kennedy was immensely popular in her heyday" ( Washington Post)
"Margaret Kennedy's poised style, cool wit and skilful characterization kept her novels welcome for three decades" ( Cambridge Guide to Literature in English)
"Margaret Kennedy caught just the taste of the time, mixing a stolid domestic Englishness with 'Continental' bohemians" ( Irish Times)
‘Margaret Kennedy caught just the taste of the time, mixing a stolid domestic Englishness with 'Continental' bohemians’ Irish Times
William and Emily Crowne seem to have it all – they live a life of privilege and glamour in London, the children of a successful poet, attractive, happy, largely blind to the world around them. But life takes an unexpected turn when their mother dies, and their father is caught up in the most scandalous and notorious of criminal trials. Suddenly effectively orphans, their aunt takes them in, and they grow up alongside their cousins, Trevor and Charlotte. But tensions and jealousies are rife between the four, and soon the Crowne children find that their father’s notoriety will follow them into their adult lives, with devastating consequences.
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