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  • Published: 13 October 2014
  • ISBN: 9780099595465
  • Imprint: Vintage Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • RRP: $19.99

Return I Dare Not



'She is not only a romantic but an anarchist, and she knows the ways of men and women very well indeed' Anita Brookner

Hugo Potts is a successful London playwright enjoying his moment of notoriety. Adored by critics and pursued by women, he's the darling of the literary scene. But his public personae is exactly that - a personae - and he works exhaustedly day and night to portray the person the public expect him to be. One weekend he attends a party at a country house alongside the most important publishers and writers of the time. It's an opportunity, of course, to meet interesting women. But over the course of the weekend he finds himself scorned by one, and unexpectedly profoundly understood by another, and his values and everything he's held to be important abruptly come into question.

  • Published: 13 October 2014
  • ISBN: 9780099595465
  • Imprint: Vintage Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • RRP: $19.99

About the author

Margaret Kennedy

Margaret Kennedy was born in London on 23 April 1896, the eldest of four children. Her first book, a commissioned work of history, was published in 1922 and was soon followed by her first work of fiction, The Ladies of Lyndon (1923). Her second novel, The Constant Nymph (1924), became a worldwide bestseller, and with it Kennedy became a well-known and highly praised writer. Kennedy went on to write fifteen further novels, many of which were critically commended – Troy Chimneys (1953) was awarded the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. She also wrote plays, adapting both The Constant Nymph and its sequel The Fool of the Family very successfully. The former opened in the West End in 1926, starring Noel Coward followed by John Gielgud, to great acclaim. Three different film versions of The Constant Nymph, featuring stars of the time such as Ivor Novello and Joan Fontaine, were equally popular. She also published a study of Jane Austen (1950) and a work of literary criticism, The Outlaws on Parnassus, in 1958. Kennedy died 31 July 1967.

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Praise for Return I Dare Not

She is not only a romantic but an anarchist, and she knows the ways of men and women very well indeed

Anita Brookner

Kennedy was immensely popular in her heyday

Washington Post

Margaret Kennedy's poised style, cool wit and skilful characterization kept her novels welcome for three decades

Cambridge Guide to Literature in English

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