Introduced by Ruth Rendell Illustrated by A. Richard Allen
Long thought dead, the heir to the family fortune has returned to the Ashby family. But in Josephine Tey's mystery masterpiece, nothing is simple and clear and he is soon suspected of being an imposter.
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Tragedy has hit the Ashby family too often. The young parents of 13-year-old twin boys died in a plane crash; the elder twin, Patrick, later vanished, leaving a suicide note at the top of the cliffs near their home. His brother became heir to the family property but now, just weeks before his 21st birthday, a young man appears claiming to be Patrick.
The man certainly looks like an Ashby; he also has the family gift with horses and a gentle reserve that reminds Bee of the little boy she has grieved for all these years. But ‘Patrick’ is an impostor. Brat Farrar has felt out of place all his life until he hears of the Ashby family and risks everything in this mad deception. He falls in love with the house, with Aunt Bee and the whole Ashby way of life … but beneath the serenity of Latchetts, there are dark secrets that only Brat’s
arrival can bring to light.
‘Ingenious, stimulating and very enjoyable’ SUNDAY TIMES
Bound in cloth.
Printed and blocked with a design by A. Richard Allen.
Set in Bulmer.
7 colour illustrations.
Book size: 9" × 5¾".
Experimenting with the mystery genre
‘Really first class … a continual delight’ TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT
Unusual, subtle and filled with unforgettable characterisations, Josephine Tey’s books experiment brilliantly with the traditional mystery genre. In Brat Farrar, the reader knows from the start that Brat is not who he claims to be, which, as Ruth Rendell points out in a newly commissioned introduction, paradoxically gives the novel ‘a greater tension than if its author had
led us up the garden path to be weakly surprised at the end’. The pleasure is in the unravelling of other mysteries: the process of detection that brings old crimes and scandals to light alongside the brooding menace of the present – what Rendell calls ‘a point of almost unbearable stress’.
"Brat Farrar is an enjoyable and well-written book. Tey displays a deft touch in building the suspense of the story and using the early-on revelation of Brat's scheme to craft several memorable scenes...." [read more]
"Brat Farrar is an enjoyable and well-written book. Tey displays a deft touch in building the suspense of the story and using the early-on revelation of Brat's scheme to craft several memorable scenes. My one major reservation with Tey's writing concerns when Brat aka Patrick Ashby is reunited with the Ashby family after supposedly being dead for 8 years. The family is so nonchalant in its welcoming back home of "Patrick" that it borders on the ridiculous. I know the Brits are famed for their stiff upper lip, but how could any non-robot not be beside him or herself at the miraculous return of a loved one? This strange lack of emotion is actually in keeping with an overall coolness displayed by the characters that made it hard for me to fall in love with the story. With that said, Brat Farrar is still an interesting read and worth the time of any mystery fan. Better than the story are the vivid illustration of A. Richard Allen and the beautiful cloth binding. The purple, black and silver colors stand out wonderfully, and the front-cover illustration perfectly captures the sense of foreboding that Tey artfully constructs leading up to the climax." [hide full review]
Review by pedro7 on 30th Aug 2012
"Write your review about our edition here.I got this book last year and as with others that Folio has published over the years by the same author thoroughly enjoyed it.Its unusual for its genre because..." [read more]
"Write your review about our edition here.I got this book last year and as with others that Folio has published over the years by the same author thoroughly enjoyed it.Its unusual for its genre because it makes plain from the beginning who the baddie is but it detracts not a jot from the buildup of suspense and readabilty of the book.For me, one of the things i love about books from this era is the clarity and simplicity of the prose,its so different from modern day writing and all the better for it.Its not a masterpiece but it is a very good book and very enjoyable read.I recommend it. " [hide full review]