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Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont (original 1971; edition 2006)
by Elizabeth Taylor, Paul Bailey (Introduction)
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0860682633, Paperback)
On a rainy Sunday in January, the recently widowed Mrs. Palfrey arrives at the Claremont Hotel where she will spend her remaining days. Her fellow residents are magnificently eccentric and endlessly curious, living off crumbs of affection and snippets of gossip. Together, upper lips stiffened, they fight off their twin enemies—boredom and the Grim Reaper. Then one day Mrs. Palfrey strikes up an unexpected friendship with Ludo, a handsome young writer, and learns that even the old can fall in love.
(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 14 Feb 2013 13:42:32 -0500)
Mrs. Palfrey had come to London, after her husband died, because that was "where it's happening." She was far too independent and active to warrant staying with her married daughter in Scotland--even if she had been asked. In London there would be plays to see, friends to visit, her adorable grandson at the archives of the British Museum, it would be a lark.
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