This novel is about an eccentric old writer who decides to live away from her family in a gloomy,inhospitable house far away from everything in Exmoor. However the focus is equally divided between the old lady and her motivations and the other members of her family and their reactions to the new situation and their own private turmoils. What emerges is a caustic picture of the English society and institutions of the 90s. Somewhat similar to some of j.Coe's best novels....Continua
"Frieda Haxby is as famous for her writing as she is for her eccentricities. But for Daniel Palmer, his sisters Rosemary and Grace and their families, she is a monster mother, caring only for her work, her lovers, herself."