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  • Published: 4 September 2014
  • ISBN: 9781448192090
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 400
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Together and Apart




A comfortable marriage is pulled apart by vague dissatisfaction, romantic fancies, gossip and petty argument - a masterfully told modern tragedy by the author of The Constant Nymph

Betsy Canning is dissatisfied with life. She has always taken pains to be healthy, popular and well-treated, but despite her wealth, her comfortable homes and beautiful children, happiness eludes her. The problem must lie, she thinks, in her marriage to Alec, and a neat, civilised divorce seems the perfect solution.

But talk of divorce sparks interference from family and friends, and soon public opinion tears into the fragile fabric of family life and private desire. Alec and Betsy's marriage will not be the only casualty, and in this newly complicated world, happiness is more elusive than ever.

  • Pub date: 4 September 2014
  • ISBN: 9781448192090
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 400

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 Together and Apart

“Together and Apart is a quietly accomplished novel that catches the rustle of an era not so very far from our own”

Washington Post

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

Anita Brookner

“The intricate counterpoint between the life demanded by their peers and their own desires is exquisitely diagrammed”

Washington Post

“Kennedy was immensely popular in her heyday”

Washington Post


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