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Deceits of Time

Colegate, Isabel

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ISBN 10: 0670824003 / ISBN 13: 9780670824007
Published by Viking, 1988
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Small pencil markings on first page and some minor tears on jacket. Colegate is a very fine British writer who has never received her due. This is one of her better novels. Bookseller Inventory # 1645

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Title: Deceits of Time

Publisher: Viking

Publication Date: 1988

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Edition: First Edition/First Printing

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Biographer Catherine Hillary, commissioned to study Neil Campion, a World War I flying ace and politician uncovers his reputed Nazi associations and finds that she must sort through his and her own troubled pasts

From Publishers Weekly:

Colegate's latest contribution to her sizable corpus of novels, of which the filmed The Shooting Party is the best known, is an extraordinarily accomplished excursus of subtle complexity into memory and the nature of truth, the search for meaning and the importance of character. Opinionated, outspoken but apolitical Catherine Hillery is puzzled when she is commissioned to write the authorized biography of Neil Campion, a World War I flying ace who was a prominent British politician of the '30s and '40s until his untimely death in a car accident on the day of Rudolf Hess's famous flight to England. Why a biography of Campion is of interest in the '80s is unclear, and Hillery has difficulty pinning down his character and motives. But in delving into the Campion family's past, Hillery is brought to reexamine her own marriage and relationship to her sons, and thereby herself. Her Italian daughter-in-law Etta's lover Alfred Madden, a Jewish refugee and orphan turned gossip columnist, helps unravel the mystery, rattling disturbing skeletons of the past. Colegate's superb craftsmanship becomes evident as the pieces of her intricately designed puzzle begin to fall into place. Her elegant prose and acuity of observation are qualities the reader can savor.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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