I saw this in the Book People Catalogue – and it cost £10.24 [inc postage] saving nearly £54. I have two battered charity shop Teys already [Brat Farrar and The Daughter of Time] but really wanted to read some more. I like the way she uses words, and enjoyed listening to “The Singing Sands” when it was on Radio 4 Extra.
I first read Tey’s work when I was 12. We were given ‘The Franchise Affair’ as our class reading book one term. It was exciting because they were new copies. Most of the time the class sets were battered old things, and it was a real treat to be the first people to enjoy them. As with “To Kill a Mockingbird” we were set homework “Read the first chapter”. I took the book home and devoured it in one evening! I got into trouble again
“You are not supposed to read the whole book at once, Angela, you won’t appreciate it properly” But from the first page, where Robert has a cup of tea and two biscuits, I was hooked!
Written in 1949, the book was filmed a couple of years later starring husband-and-wife acting duo Michael Denison and Dulcie Gray. It’s a good film to watch when you have a mountain of ironing!
So I’ve got the whole Tey collection now, and I am planning to read them right through at Cornerstones this week.
I’ll try and post some reviews – eventually. I am on holiday after all!