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The Shadowy Third

Love, Letters, and Elizabeth Bowen

Julia Parry

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Duckworth
01 April 2022
Uncovering the hidden love triangle between novelist Elizabeth Bowen and the author's grandparents the critically acclaimed biography with never-before-seen letters detailing the affair. A death in the family delivers Julia Parry a box of love letters. Dusty with age, they reveal an illicit affair between the celebrated Irish novelist Elizabeth Bowen and the academic Humphry House Julia's grandfather. So begins a lifechanging quest to understand this affair, which had profound repercussions for Julia's family, not least her grandmother, Madeline. Drawing on the trove of hitherto unpublished correspondence, Julia traces these three very different characters through some of the most dramatic decades of the twentieth century: from 1930s Oxford and the Anglo-Irish Big House, to Texas, to the last days of Empire in India and on into WWII. Crafting a tale spiced with social history and a celebrated supporting cast that includes Isaiah Berlin and Virginia Woolf, Parry opens up a lost world, one with complex and often surprising attitudes to love and sex, work and home, duty and ambition, and to writing itself. AUTHOR: Julia Parry was brought up in West Africa and educated at St Andrews and Oxford. She teaches literature and has worked as a photographer for the Guardian and the TLS. She also writes for a variety of organisations and publications, dividing her time between London and Madrid. This is her first book.
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Imprint:   Duckworth
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm, 
ISBN:   9780715654491
ISBN 10:   0715654497
Pages:   384
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Unspecified

Julia Parry was brought up in West Africa and educated at St Andrews and Oxford. She teaches English literature and has worked as a writer and photographer for a variety of publications and charitable organisations. She splits her time between London and Madrid. The Shadowy Third is her first book. For more information, visit: www.juliaparry.co.uk

Reviews for The Shadowy Third: Love, Letters, and Elizabeth Bowen

'A fascinating and moving portrait of love, loyalty and infidelity.' - SARAH WATERS 'Marvellous, gently elegiac, beautifully written, and fascinating.' - JOHN BANVILLE, NEW YORK REVIEW OF BOOKS 'Bowen fans will be in her debt.' - PETER J. CONRADI 'As literary discoveries go, it's a big one.' - SUNDAY TIMES 'An essay of rare sensitivity and intelligent reflection.' - TELEGRAPH 'Fascinating and poetic.' - IRISH TIMES 'A judicious moment-by-moment account of these complicated characters.' - SPECTATOR


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