A sentence from Anne Duchêne
, reviewing this book for the Times Literary Supplement, reads like a summary of responses to PF
: Her writing, as ever, has a natural authority, is very funny...
In the Times Literary SupplementAnn Duchene
greeted this book with enthusiasm. Most of the time, she wrote, the story moves seamlessly, governed by a vivid, confident pen and by a generous intelligence. The book...
Opinions used to advertise this volume included one from Elaine Feinstein
, who called JGa spare and elegant master of her art.
, however, provided an unusually unenthusiastic...
Elizabeth Jane Howard
This novel won the Yorkshire Post Book of the Year award. Anne Duchene
in the Times Literary Supplement suspected it of some odd and regrettable compulsions towards up-to-dateness.
“Contemporary Authors”. Gale Databases: Literature Resource Centre-LRC.
The film made from it did better...
, too, expressed admiration for this weirdly laborious, gothic story, calling it a sombre panel, a long and painful expressionist essay, with really only three—or two and a half—characters. She reserved her highest...
Thirty years after publication, Anne Duchêne
, also in the Times Literary Supplement, recorded her delight in this iridescent comedy. Stead, she suggested, was a kind of dark star among modern novelists—not visible...
called this book, on its appearance as a Virago Modern Classic in 1981, dark, demonic, almost unrelievedly ugly, a rancid and claustrophobic criticising of capitalism, and of what it does to human emotions...
Initial New York reviewers were unenthusiastic, calling this book thin-blooded or disappointing.
Rowley, Hazel. Christina Stead: A Biography. Secker and Warburg.
On its Virago
re-appearance in 1981, the word was radiant. Anne Duchêne
placed it at the opposite pole from Stead's recent...
in the Times Literary Supplement described the book as mildly amazing, today, in being a high sexual fantasy, postulating female submission to men. Though ultimately trivial, it is spirited, if silly, stuff...
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Duchêne, Anne. “Edith Templeton: <span data-tei-ns-tag="tei_title" data-tei-title-lvl=‘m’>Murder in Estoril</span>”;. Times Literary Supplement, p. 21.
Duchêne, Anne. “Life in the aquarium”. Times Literary Supplement, No. 4095, p. 1110.
Duchêne, Anne. “The getting of wisdom”. Times Literary Supplement, No. 4405, p. 964.
Duchêne, Anne. “Victors of love”. Times Literary Supplement, No. 3988, p. 985.