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As the solitary child of mild and gentle parents, Jane is fascinated and astounded by her exotically European aunt, Dolly.
Dolly’s ways are certainly not her parents’ ways, yet she is an object of interest and dread to her beleaguered relatives. It is clear that they have nothing in common: Jane feels no affection for Dolly, and Dolly clearly dislikes children.
Yet the two are fated to go through life in uneasy harness, until such time as their alliance is accepted by both as not only inevitable, but as something of great value.
Read by Fiona Shaw.
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Novelist and art historian, Dr Anita Brookner, was born in London on 16 July 1928. She studied at King's College, London and at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London. She spent three years studying in Paris as a postgraduate, and went on to lecture in art at Reading University and the Courtauld Institute, where she specialized in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century French art. She became the first woman to be named as Slade Professor of Art at Cambridge University in 1967. Her first novel, A Start in Life, was published in 1981. Hotel du Lac (1984), won the Booker Prize for Fiction and was adapted for television in 1986. The Bay of Angels (2001), concerns a single woman coming to terms with a new sense of freedom when her widowed mother re-marries and moves abroad. The Rules of Engagement (2003), her twenty-second novel, is a story about friendship and choices.A Fellow of New Hall, Cambridge, Anita Brookner lives in London. She was made a CBE in 1990. Her most recent non-fiction book is Romanticism and Its Discontents (2000), and her most recent novel is Strangers (2009). In 2011 the novella At the Hairdressers was published as an e-book.From AudioFile:
A novel of feelings, A FAMILY ROMANCE describes in fascinating detail a young, protected, but liberated, English woman's growing appreciation of her Aunt Dolly, a woman from another time. Shaw's genteel, English dialect (with such lovely, soft "r's") reflects well the novel's subdued, confessional, often sad and solitary tone. Shaw's voice is pleasantly smooth and deep--almost a contralto. She paces and dramatizes the reading to fit the temperament of the characters, never getting lost in the beautifully intricate sentences and doing especially well with the imperious and complex Aunt Dolly. Though the relatively few male voices are pitched too low, this is a worthy production. P.W. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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Book Description Chivers Audio Books, 1995. Audio Cassette. Condition: Very Good. Complete and unabridged audiobook, narrated over 6 cassettes by Fiona Shaw. NOT ex-library. Has some light general reading/shelfwear - otherwise, this is a clean, tight copy. Dispatch within 24hrs from the UK. Seller Inventory # 050861