The Camberwell Beauty & Other Stories

V. S. Pritchett
Illustrated by Clifford Harper
Introduced by William Trevor

William Trevor has selected and introduced 25 tales for this collection, acknowledging his debt to the author. V. S. Pritchett weaves his tales from the fabric of ordinary lives, the results by turns melancholy and nostalgic.

‘People are always in a state of regret’ said V. S. Pritchett, and indeed, an air of melancholy, of wasted purpose and missed opportunities hangs like an English mist over many of his stories. In ‘A Trip to the Seaside’, a retired, widowed salesman visits his old secretary hoping to rekindle a romance, only to uncover uncomfortable truths about both the present and a past he has suppressed. In ‘Tea with Mrs Bittell’, an older, well-to-do woman condescends to invite a younger man ‘outside her own class’ to tea, spurred by their apparent mutual disappointments in life.

Bound in blocked cloth

Set in Goudy

408 pages

Frontispiece and 10 colour illustrations

Plain slipcase

˝ x 6¼˝

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