First published in 1988, this is the story of Polly Kops, who lives in a charming part of West London, in a big house on a lovely garden square, with her lover and three daughters. From the outside, she looks to be living an ideal life, but upon closer inspection, it's easy to see that Polly's life is far from perfection: the bills haven't been paid in months; the phone has been cut off; her lover is a useless cad; and her house is falling apart. Polly can barely keep it together. It's a marked contrast to her earlier life, married to a wealthy man, and living in financial comfort - that life fell apart the day her husband discovered her affair with Clancy, her cousin and current lover, who would rather buy himself a new suit than pay for electricity or food for the slapdash family.
Next door it's a much more civilised arrangement - at least, upstairs, where Anna lives with her husband Geoffrey in quiet, comfortable wedded bliss. Too bad about the downstairs tenant, a single mother of three who rents for a paltry £20 per week and will never leave. Why would she, after all? She has a garden flat, in a lovely area, for next to nothing, and no lump sum of money - no matter how much Anna scrapes together to offer her - will be enough to bribe her to go.
As Time Goes By is a look into the lives of two women who, despite living mere metres away from each other, are as different as night and day. Their ambitions may not be the same - Anna wishes desperately for a quiet life with her increasingly distant husband, while Polly grasps at security for herself and her children - but their struggles are surprisingly parallel in certain ways. After all, what's more important to any of us than the people we love most?
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Hilary Bailey is a British writer and editor, born in 1936. She is the author of a biography of Vera Brittain, she edited volumes 7-10 of the 'New Worlds Quarterly' series and among her varied works are 19 books of fiction, including famously Mrs Rochester, the sequel to Jane Eyre and most recently, Fifty- First State (2008).
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Book Description Constable. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Appearance of only slight previous use. Cover and binding show a little wear. All pages are undamaged with potentially only a few, small markings. Bookseller Inventory # G0094646600I4N00
Book Description Constable, 1988. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First Edition. 0094646600 First Edition. A very good+ copy in a very good+ dust jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 006380629
Book Description Constable & Co Ltd, London, United Kingdom, 1988. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. Bookseller Inventory # 025511
Book Description Constable, 1988. Hardback. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition Uk. 1988 first Uk edition hardback pub Constable; VG+ with unclipped dj; light shelf wear else as new; UK dealer, immediate dispatch. Book. Bookseller Inventory # 68at3557
Book Description Constable, UK, 1988. Hardback. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good Unclipped. First.. Very good clean tight book.Previous owner's name neatly to top ffep. Jacket is very good, clean tight, unclipped. Laced with sharp gallows humour this is a superb portrait of the 80s. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Book. Bookseller Inventory # 012834
Book Description Constable, London, 1988. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First UK Edition. Green cloth lettered in silver on spine. 159pp. Library Ids on feps. Light handling wear. Slight age tanning to outer edge of pages. DJ has price intact and is protected in library jacket. A portrait of life in the '80s. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Ex-Library. Bookseller Inventory # 002981