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Susan Smith

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Sophie Gorell Barnes

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Laura Longrigg

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David Riding

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Laura Longrigg

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Laura Longrigg

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Category:
Fiction

Publisher:
Serpent's Tail

Publication date:
Jul-08

Laura Cunningham

Bex Gunn

Charmain Bynoe

Jess Indeedy

Gracie Taylor

Lisa Swift

Vanessa Frake

Jean Owtram

Patricia Owtram

Janice Nix

Polly Heron

Dr Amanda Brown

Elizabeth Sheppard

Elizabeth Harris

Michaella McCollum

Born Free Foundation

Janet Vokes

Nicky Nicholls

Elliot Castro

Sheila Bugler

Gigi McCaffrey

Oonagh O’Hagan

Evie Grace

Tris Dixon

Joey Barton

Scotty T

Michael Dunlop

Jonny Bairstow

Marnie Simpson

Kriss Kyle

Britt Whyatt

Antonio Mendez

Paul Stephenson

Ming Ho

Sufiya Ahmed

Noga Applebaum

Alex Dahl

Jessica Smith

Libro Levi Bridgeman

Tom Watkins

Ian Greaves

Dr Sara Payne

Jo Bailey

Marian Veevers

Julian Norton

Jean Stubbs

Helen Keen

Natasha Desborough

Danny Sturrock

Kate Brian

Sheryl Webster

Guy Slater

Anna Dean

Margaret Leroy

Carol Rocamora

Natalie Meg Evans

Iain Sinclair

Martin Stone

Philip Martin

Rachel Lichtenstein

Laurie Slade

Johnny Carrington

Jan Stradling

Glenn Chandler

Fernando Duarte

Tim Wilson Smith

Ricky Hatton

Alf Dole

Mahny Djahanguiri

Susanna Bavin

Richard Marsh

Julian and Tracy Austwick

The Secret Agent

Erica Buist

Daniel Richardson

Kate Lace

Gabrielle Grillo

Fiona Field

Rosanna Ley

Helen Cadbury

Sue Wilsher

Ava McCarthy

Rob Bailey

Kate Burt

Liam Creed

Vic Darkwood

Chelsea Duke

Charlie Elder

Dana Fowley

Charlie and Caroline Gladstone

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Bee Lavender

Iain Aitch

Clare Morrall

Elizabeth Murphy

Pat Thomas

Hannah Velten

Rekha Waheed

Victoria Whitworth

Gee Williams

Frances Wood

Cathy Woodman

Vivienne Bolton

Sita Brahmachari

Christopher William Hill

Rebecca Promitzer

Johnny Sharp

Philip Palmer

Tony Ramsay

Alys Clare

Rukhsana Ahmad

Margaret Simpson

Jeremy Burnham

Peter Tinniswood

Toby Venables

Mark Wheeller

Jeffrey Caine

Neil Clarke

Andrew Cornish

Bert Coules

Gavin Williams

Lisa Evans

Lucy Sweet

Guy Atkins

Carolyn S. Jones

Julian Jones

Catherine Jones

John Healy

Precious Williams

Campbell Armstrong

BS Johnson

Ursula K. Le Guin

Anne McCaffrey

Eloise Millar

Alexandra Burt

Neil Forsyth

Tony Jacklin

Shy Keenan

Virginia McKenna

Paul Wilson

A.L. Barker

Harry Bowling

Francesca Clementis

Elizabeth Darrell

Celia Dodd

Kate Dunn

Sue Gee

Clio Gray

Sharon Griffiths

Michele Hanson

Bryony Hill

Mary Jayne Baker

Sarah Wray

Christopher and Christine Russell

Elspeth Sandys

Marjorie Wallace

David Wingrove

Jane Rawlinson

Stef Penney

Valerie Windsor

Sam Jordison

Jad Adams

Selected for the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award It’s summer 1936, and the world is on the cusp of change, but there’s little sign of this in rural Sussex. So when local girl Kitty Allen answers an advert looking for ‘a good plain cook’, she has no idea what she’s in for. For starters, her employer is an American called Ellen Steinberg who believes in calling the staff by their first names and sunbathing in the nude. Then there’s Ellen’s eleven-year-old daughter, Geenie, a bright, unhappy little thing, and Mrs Steinberg’s gentleman friend, Mr Crane, who’s said to be a poet — even though he doesn’t have a beard and doesn’t seem to write much poetry either. Rich bohemians imagining themselves as communists, Steinberg and Crane see themselves as champions of ‘the people’ — not that they know the first thing about how the people actually live. Kitty is in no place to criticise — after all she claimed to be a good plain cook, despite hardly knowing how to boil an egg. Utterly out of her depth, she is relieved to have the gardener, Arthur, to talk to. Otherwise she’d never last a summer in this madhouse. Ellen Steinberg wants life to run as smoothly as the love story she imagines her lover George Crane to be writing. But as Kitty arrives, the dream is on the edge of falling apart. 

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"Gorgeously written, full of teasing observations about love, class and cookery."The Times

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