Mr Golightly’s Holiday

October 16, 2019 - Comment

Beautifully rejacked edition of this wonderful novel from the best-selling author of `Miss Garnet’s Angel’ and `Instances of the Number 3′.Many years ago Mr Golightly wrote a work of dramatic fiction which grew to be an international best-seller. But his reputation is on the decline and he finds himself out of touch with the modern

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Beautifully rejacked edition of this wonderful novel from the best-selling author of `Miss Garnet’s Angel’ and `Instances of the Number 3′.Many years ago Mr Golightly wrote a work of dramatic fiction which grew to be an international best-seller. But his reputation is on the decline and he finds himself out of touch with the modern world.He decides to take a holiday and comes to the ancient village of Great Calne, hoping to use the opportunity to bring his great work up to date. But he soon finds that events take over his plans and that the themes he has written on are being strangely replicated in the lives of the villagers he is staying among.He meets Ellen Thomas, a reclusive artist, young Johnny Spence, an absconding school boy, and the tough-minded Paula who works at the local pub., As he comes to know his neighbours better, Mr Golightly begins to examine his attitude to love, and to ponder the terrible catastrophe of his son’s death. And as the drama unfolds we begin to learn the true and extraordinary identity of Mr Golightly and the nature of the secret sorrow which haunts him links him to his new friends.Mysterious, light of touch, witty and profound, `Mr Golightly’s Holiday’ confirms Salley Vickers’s reputation as one of our most original and engaging novelists.

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Anonymous says:

Charming, Clever, A Tad Spiritual I bought this book at the recommendation of my father. He said, ‘do not, under any circumstances, look at the end before you get there’.Having read it, that’s what I say too – and avoid reviewers who ‘spoil’ like the plague until you’ve read the book.Briefly, it’s a simple, charming tale about a writer who books a cottage on Dartmoor, in Devon, in order to overcome his writer’s block. There is wit, mystery and excruciatingly accurate depiction of the wild Devon country…

Anonymous says:

Quite simply one of the best books I have ever read. This book is a rare gem. The prose is so beautiful, and in its descriptive passages so delicate, it’s rather like reading poetry or listening to music. It doesn’t take many pages to identify the enigmatic main character. Salley is good at giving clear clues, quite a few of the names are a give away.Mr Golightly was recommended to me whilst on holiday myself and having read some of Salley’s books and met her at a literary festival I downloaded it to my kindle and began reading…but so…

Anonymous says:

Wonderful book This book is most lovely. It is a microcosm of English village life, with characters who are exagerated just enough to make them funny or tragic as required. The style of writing is excellent. Descriptions magical.The only thing which marred reading it was having previously read a review in which the main purpose of the story had been disclosed, so thank you to the reviewer who chose to do this. Once known this information could not be unknown. It has taught me not to read reviews…

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