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Title:
A Far Cry From Kensington
Written by:
Muriel Spark 
Read by:
Juliet Stevenson 
Format:
Unabridged CD Audio Book 
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Duration:
6 hours 11 minutes 
Published:
June 01 2020 
Available Date:
June 01 2020 
Age Category:
Adult 
ISBN:
9780655669609 
Genres:
Fiction; Literary Fiction 
Publisher:
Bolinda/Canongate audio 
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Set on the crazier fringes of 1950s literary London, A Far Cry from Kensington is a delight, hilariously portraying love, fraud, death, evil, and transformation.

First published in 1988 and described by Ali Smith as ‘one of Muriel Spark’s most liberating, and meditative novels’ – A Far Cry from Kensington shows Muriel Spark at the mature height of her powers. The narrator is one Mrs. Hawkins. She writes from Italy, a far cry from Kensington indeed, taking us back to her threadbare years in postwar London. As a young, rather fat war-widow she spent her days working for a crazy, almost bankrupt publisher, and her nights offering advice from her boarding-house in South Kensington. In both locations our heroine soon uncovered difficulties: shady literary dealing, anonymous letters, blackmail and even suicide. Whilst Mrs. Hawkins innocently, confidently put about setting things right, she could little imagine the ensuing mayhem and consequences. Now many decades older, thinner, and pleased with her situation in Italy, Mrs. Hawkins reflects on all those dark happenings, recounting how her own life changed forever.

'I was in heaven reading this book. I think she writes like an angel ... just blissful.'
Stephen Fry

‘Wonderfully entertaining – full of absurd, comical, engaging characters and written with typical wit, elegance and aplomb.’
Sunday Telegraph