The Tortoise and the Hare

The Tortoise and the Hare

By Elizabeth Jenkins; Carmen Callil (Afterword by); Hilary Mantel (Introduction by)

Virago Press (UK), Paperback, 9781844084944, 269pp.

Publication Date: February 2009

The magnetic Evelyn Gresham, 52, is abarrister of considerable distinction. He has everything life could offera gracious riverside house in Berkshire, a beautiful young wife, Imogen, who is devoted to him, and their 11-year-old son, a replica of his father. Their nearest neighbor is Blanche Silcox, a plain, tweed-wearing woman of50 who rides, shoots, fishes, and drives a Rolls Roycein every way the opposite of the domestic, loving Imogen.Their world is conventional country life at its most idyllic: how can its gentle surfaces be disturbed?

About the Author

Carmen Callil was born in Australia and moved to England, where she began working in the publishing industry. In 1972 she founded Virago, publishing such authors as A.S. Byatt, Angela Carter, and Toni Morrison. She was subsequently Managing and Publishing Director of Chatto & Windus, publisher-atlarge for Random House UK, and Director of Channel 4 Television. The recipient of numerous honorary degrees, she is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts and co-author of "The Modern Library."

HILARY MANTEL is the author of thirteen books, including A Place of Greater Safety, Beyond Black and the memoir Giving Up the Ghost. Her two most recent novels, Wolf Hall and its sequel Bring up the Bodies, have both been awarded the Man Booker Prizean unprecedented achievement.

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