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'[Gibbons has] a marvellous eye for the social scene - no-one is more accurate' - John Braine, author of Room at the Top

In St Alberics, Hertfordshire, stands a newly built family home: Sunglades. Its seven rooms house Kenneth and Constance Fielding, middle-aged bachelor and spinster, along with Kenneth's old flame, an industrious Balkan exile, a young economist and the Fieldings' raffish father. Together they attempt to create a rural idyll precariously close to the remains of blitzed London.


[Gibbons has] a marvellous eye for the social scene - no-one is more accurate

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    November 19, 2012

    Vintage Classics

    432 pages

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    October 31, 2011

    Vintage Digital

    432 pages

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