writing as Mary Westmacott
Absent in the Spring May 1997
The Burden May 1997
Unfinished Portrait May 1997
A Daughter's A Daughter May 1997
The Rose and the Yew Tree May 1997
Giant's Bread May 1997
Books written as Agatha Christie
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in the Spring
Returning from a visit to her daughter in Iraq, Joan Scudamore finds herself unexpectedly alone and stranded in an isolated rest house by flooding of the railway track. This sudden solitude compels Joan to assess her life for the first time ever and face up to many of the truths about herself. Looking back over the years, Joan painfully re-examines her attitudes, relationships and actions and becomes increasingly uneasy about the person who is revealed to her...
The one book that has satisfied me completely Agatha Christie
`I've not been so emotionally moved by a story since the memorable Brief Encounter... Absent in the Spring is a tour de force which should be recognized as a classic.' New York Times
Laura Franklin bitterly resented the arrival of her younger sister Shirley, an enchanting baby loved by all the family. But Lauras emotions towards her sister changed dramatically one night, when she vowed to protect her with all her strength and love. While Shirley longs for freedom and romance, Laura has to learn that loving can never be a one-sided affair, and the burden of her love for her sister has a dramatic effect on both their lives.
Based on Agatha Christie's metaphor `Sometimes you haven't the right currency. And then someone else has to pay...'
Bereft of the three people she has held most dear - her mother, her husband and her daughter - Celia is on the verge of suicide. Then one night on an exotic island she meets Larraby, a successful portrait painter, and through a long night of talk reveals how she is afraid to commit herself to a second chance of happiness with another person, yet is not brave enough to face life alone. Can Larraby help Celia come to terms with the past or will they part, her outcome still uncertain?
`In Celia we have more nearly than anywhere else a portrait of Agatha' Max Mallowan
Daughter's A Daughter
Ann Prentice falls in love with Richard Cauldfeld and hopes for new happiness. Her only child, Sarah, cannot contemplate the idea of her mother marrying again and wrecks any chance of her remarriage. Resentment and jealousy corrode their relationship as each seeks relief in different directions. Are mother and daughter destined to be enemies for life or will their underlying love for each other finally win through?
A novel in which mutual hatred leads to unhappiness; but love and hate are very much akin...
The Rose and the Yew Tree
Everyone expected Isabella Charteris, beautiful, sheltered and aristocratic, to marry her cousin Rupert when he came back from the War. It would have been such a suitable marriage. How strange then that John Gabriel, an ambitious and ruthless war hero, should appear in her life. For Isabella, the price of love would mean abandoning her dreams of home and happiness forever. For Gabriel, it would destroy his chance of a career and all his ambitions.
`Miss Westmacott writes crisply and is always lucid ... much material has been skilfully compressed within little more than 200 pages' Times Literary Supplement
Vernon Deyre is a sensitive and brilliant musician, even a genius. But there is a high price to be paid for his talent, especially by his family and the two women in his life. His sheltered childhood in the home he loves has not prepared Vernon for the harsh reality of his adult years, and in order to write the great masterpiece of his life, he has to make a crucial decision with no time left to count the cost... When Miss Westmacott reaches the world of music, which she really knows, her book suddenly comes alive and vivifies her characters with it.' New Statesman
Agatha Christie was born in Torquay in 1890 and became, quite simply, the best-selling novelist in history. She wrote 80 crime mysteries and collection, and saw her work translated into more languages than Shakespeare. Her enduring success, enhanced by many film and TV adaptations, is a tribute to the timeless appeal of her characters and the unequalled ingenuity of her plots.
She is known throughout the world as the Queen of Crime. It was her sharp observations of the ambitions that drive people, their relationships and the conflicts that erupt between them that added life and sparkle to her ingenious detective stories. When, writing as Mary Westmacott, she turned this understanding of human nature away form the crime genre, she created bittersweet novels, love stories with a jagged edge, as compelling and memorable as the best of her work
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