Life begins at 88: a widow escapes her overbearing family and discovers the unexpected freedoms of old age
A charming extraordinary early 20th century novel about family relationships.
When the great statesman Lord Slane dies, everyone assumes his dutiful wife will slowly fade away, the paying guest of each of her six children. But Lady Slane surprises everyone by escaping to a rented house in Hampstead where she revels in her new freedom, revives youthful ambitions and gathers some very unsuitable companions. Irreverent, entertaining and insightful, this is a tale of the unexpected joys of growing older.
WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY JOANNA LUMLEY
“All Passion Spent tells the marvellously cheering story of how, in widowhood, a conventional woman is finally able to defy her family”
“Sackville-West writes simply wonderfully and many passages make me laugh out loud”
“Inspiring... Old age can be celebrated, not feared”
“Every page of this novel is a pleasure to read”
“Behind its lyrical prose is the idea of how important it is to lay claim to your own space, however late in life”
“Sackville-West's wickedly funny All Passions Spent is her best novel by a mile... Superb”
“A moving portrait of an old age in which something of the potential self can be recovered… Superb.”
Jackie Wilkin, WI Life
“It’s the ideal moment for those not acquainted with her work to read this engaging, memorable novel… Written in engaging prose that is crisp and witty and hums with vitality… it tells us the important truth that life can begin again at eighty-eight.”
Stephen Joyce, Nudge