These are some summer reads which left an impression; now my stack and library card are humming and wriggling, with all the CanLit prizelist reading – including my new Shadow Jury reading responsibilities towards the 2018 Giller Prize – but these books insist on a sliver of the spotlight.
When actress Elizabeth Taylor was appearing in "National Velvet", novelist Elizabeth Taylor (nee Coles) was publishing her first novel, At Mrs Lippincote's. It seems like everybody knows about Elizabeth Taylor the actress; Nicola Beauman's biography considers The Other Elizabeth Taylor. The biographer opens her work by explaining that she is
This is how it begins. "Sometimes in the long summer's evenings, which are so marked a part of our youth, Harriet and Vesey played hide-and-seek with the younger children, running across the tufted meadows, their shoes yellow with the pollen of buttercups." Both the novel, and the story of Harriet's
It's our last week to discuss A Game of Hide and Seek, officially, but if you're late to the party, and are still reading -- even if quite some time has passed -- please, feel free to comment. But for those of us who have read the novel through already,
In her biography, The Other Elizabeth Taylor, Nicola Beauman posits that two works influenced Elizabeth Taylor's novel A Game of Hide and Seek. These are Chekov's story, "The Lady with the Dog" (1899) and David Lean's film "Brief Encounter" (1945). If you haven't read/finished A Game of Hide and Seek,