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Title:
The Virgin in the Garden (MP3)
Series:
Frederica Potter #1
Written by:
A.S. Byatt 
Read by:
Sophie Aldred 
Format:
Unabridged MP3 CD Audio Book 
Number of CDs:
Duration:
21 hours 1 minutes 
MP3 size:
723 MB 
Published:
August 01 2019 
Available Date:
August 01 2019 
Age Category:
Adult 
ISBN:
9780655614685 
Genres:
Fiction; Family Sagas; Historical Fiction; Sagas 
Publisher:
Bolinda/Audible audio 
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Booker Prize-winning author

The first instalment of the Frederica Quartet – a depiction of the social and imaginative life of England throughout the 1950s and 1960s.

In Yorkshire, the Potter family are preparing to celebrate Elizabeth II’s arrival on the throne. Its three youngest members, however, are preoccupied with other matters. Stephanie has grown tired of their overbearing father and resolves to marry the local curate. Anxious teenager Marcus gains a new teacher and suffers increasingly disturbing visions. Then there is Frederica. On the brink of adulthood, a love affair with a young playwright may offer the freedom she desperately desires. The Virgin in the Garden is the first novel to feature Frederica Potter, and the beginning of a triumphant quartet of novels. Set in Yorkshire in 1952 as the inhabitants of the area set about celebrating the accession of a new Queen, this is the tale of a brilliant and eccentric family fatefully divided. The Virgin in the Garden is a wonderfully entertaining novel, in which enlightenment and sexuality, Elizabethan drama and comedy intersect richly and unpredictably.

'An ambitious novel [whose] narrative everywhere displays knowledge and intelligence.'
The Times Literary Supplement

'Comic, well plotted, immensely touching ... Gaudy excitement and splendour.'
The Times

'Byatt is essentially a fine, careful and very traditional storyteller.'
The New York Times