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A Corner of Paradise Brian Thompson

A Corner of Paradise By Brian Thompson

A Corner of Paradise by Brian Thompson


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Summary

This is the story of the unexpectedly joyous consequences - ones to baffle many, not least themselves - until her death, aged 78.

Both were writers, though very different in ambition and achievement.

A Corner of Paradise Summary

A Corner of Paradise: A love story (with the usual reservations) by Brian Thompson

In 1973, Brian Thompson kissed the impossibly glamorous Elizabeth North for the first time, in a busy supermarket car park along the Leeds ring road. This is the story of the unexpectedly joyous consequences - ones to baffle many, not least themselves - until her death, aged 78.

Both were writers, though very different in ambition and achievement. They came from opposite ends of the social register - she an Admiral's daughter, he the descendant of unruly Cockney eccentrics. She was by nature a solitary (though one with four children). He was loud, incurably facetious - and needy.

'It's you and me, girl. It's only ever about you and me,' he once told her much too fervently.

'Yes,' she replied with her biting honesty. 'Yes - with the usual reservations.'

From a tiny Harrogate terrace, to the deeply un-picturesque French farmhouse where they spent their summers, Brian and Liz battled their way to a heartrending goodbye in an Oxford hospital ward. In many ways, their partnership was 'an exercise in asymmetry' - yet, despite the conflicts, they emerge in this deeply-felt memoir as a couple who were lucky enough to find their corner of paradise in one another.

A Corner of Paradise Reviews

A joyous, life-and-love-affirming account -- Rachel Joyce * The Times *
A portrait of love and grief, both witty and tender * Independent *
A beguiling mosaic of incidents and anecdotes... Writing of real charm and humour * Sunday Times *
Thompson is a terrific memoirist - wry, vivid and with one eye trained unforgivingly on his own failings... A beautifully written, deeply affecting book * Daily Mail *
A beguiling mosaic of anecdotes... Real charm and humour -- Nick Rennison * Sunday Times *

About Brian Thompson

Brian Thompson was born in London in 1935 and now lives in Oxford. He has written two award-winning volumes of memoir: Keeping Mum (2006), winner of the Costa Prize for Biography and the PEN/Ackerley Prize, and Clever Girl (2007), longlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize. He is also the author of the Bella Wallis mystery series, also published by Chatto/Vintage.

Additional information

GOR004970467
9780701188023
0701188022
A Corner of Paradise: A love story (with the usual reservations) by Brian Thompson
Used - Very Good
Hardback
Vintage Publishing
20130704
224
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