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Bella Proven is one of the world's high-fliers. High moral principles help her to avoid some of the murkier pitfalls of theatrical life, but when she joins Donald Ballader's New Company, she embarks on a love affair which will challenge all her assumptions - but there is a serpent in her Eden.
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British actress Bron debuts with a skillfully told if unsurprising tale of a seemingly perfect marriage that goes awry. Bella Provan is a talented, Vogue-profiled actress who's nevertheless a bit of a prude and, at almost 30, still a virgin; she flees the Royal Theatre Company, in fact, rather than enter into an affair with a married man. When she joins the upstart New Company, she and chronically philandering, not-quite-divorced actor/founder Donald Ballader both go against type by embarking upon a serious, passionate romance. Soon, the glittering couple are the talk of the London theater world, but, though Donald announces his wish to marry Bella, his estranged wife Claire won't grant him a divorce. When Bella becomes pregnant, however, Claire finally relents. It's only after Bella and Donald are married that everything starts to go wrong: Bella has a miscarriage and is disturbed by the relief she feels following the event. Meanwhile, the couple's acting careers take them in separate directions; Bella grows obsessively jealous and throws elaborate dinner parties as a way of distracting herself and monitoring her husband's relationships with female friends. As the two become ever more estranged, Donald heads to France on tour and is entranced by a beautiful Parisian whose attentions he nobly resists; returning to England, he instead winds up having a foolish one-night stand with a good friend of Bella's--with predictable results. Gracefully written, with a knowing view of the London theater. But it's never quite clear why this quiet story is being told, and the characters' motivations are often maddeningly difficult to fathom. -- Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Book Description U.K / Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1996. Hardcover. Condition: New. The author's fifth book. A 1st edition hardback, with its dust jacket, in new condition. (312 pages). Seller Inventory # 562
Book Description Weidenfeld & Nicholson, 1996. Hardcover. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 1st Edition. 1996 FIRST EDITION Hardcover book in its original dust Jacket. BRAND NEW from 1996 publisher; Never opened; Never read; Never marked . Book size: 6" wide x 9" tall x 1-1/2" thick. 312 pages. Double Take . This fascinating story is the debut novel by British author Eleanor Bron . in her first novel, Bron writes of Bella Provan , one of the theatre world's high-fliers . Beautiful, young and talented . she seems destined for greatness . When she joins Donald Ballader's New Company . her reputation for cool reserve . and moral stringency . precedes her . but she confounds all expectations . including her own . by embarking on a passionate love affair . The relationship looks set to withstand the on slaughts of a life in the limelight and lead to happy-ever-after . Both Bella's career and her personal life take on the lustre of fulfilment . But the attraction of opposites produces a complex and troubling chemistry . and Bella finds herse lf thrown back to the essential elements of her nature . with far-reaching consequences . Tracing an arc through passion to the slow transformation beyond . this novel is a delicately-observed love story set against the rich background of t he London theater stage . Eleanor Bron's first novel, a romance which establishes her as a mistress of narrative as well as of stage and screen . " Double Take " . first novel by Eleanor Bron . 1996 First Edition Hard cover book in the original DJ. published by Weidenfeld Nicholson , London *** Secure packing for Safe Shipping since 1965 *** 6 x 9 x 1-1/2 ". Seller Inventory # 1000
Book Description Weidenfeld & Nicholson, Ltd., 1997. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0297817655