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Salley Vickers

Author of Miss Garnet's Angel

22+ Works 3,987 Members 144 Reviews 18 Favorited

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Works by Salley Vickers

Miss Garnet's Angel (2000) 1,229 copies, 35 reviews
The Other Side of You (2006) 502 copies, 15 reviews
Instances of the Number 3 (2001) 443 copies, 8 reviews
Mr Golightly's Holiday (2003) 402 copies, 14 reviews
The Cleaner of Chartres (2012) 336 copies, 30 reviews
The Librarian (2018) 310 copies, 10 reviews
Where Three Roads Meet: The Myth of Oedipus (2007) 244 copies, 11 reviews
Dancing Backwards (2009) 183 copies, 9 reviews
Cousins (2016) 78 copies, 6 reviews
Aphrodite's Hat (2010) 77 copies, 3 reviews
Grandmothers (2019) 71 copies, 2 reviews
The Gardener (2021) 56 copies, 1 review
The Boy Who Could See Death (2015) 34 copies
Vacation (2012) 7 copies
Kings and Queens (2003) 6 copies

Associated Works

The Enchanted April (1922) — Introduction, some editions — 2,881 copies, 123 reviews
Less Than Angels (1955) — Introduction, some editions — 851 copies, 31 reviews
The Touchstone (1900) — Foreword, some editions — 316 copies, 15 reviews
Reader, I Married Him: Stories Inspired by Jane Eyre (2016) — Contributor — 304 copies, 22 reviews
First Light: A celebration of Alan Garner (2016) — Contributor — 30 copies
The Best British Short Stories 2011 (2011) — Contributor — 27 copies
Why Willows Weep: Contemporary Tales from the Woods (2011) — Contributor — 22 copies, 2 reviews
A Day in the Life (2003) — Contributor — 15 copies

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Birthdate
1948
Gender
female
Nationality
UK
Birthplace
Liverpool, Merseyside, England, UK
Places of residence
Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England, UK
London, England, UK
Education
University of Cambridge
Occupations
professor
psychoanalyst
novelist
Relationships
Delaney, Frank (husband|divorced)
Kingfisher, Rupert (son)
Organizations
Saint Deiniol's Library, Hawarden
Agent
Gillon Aitken (Aitken Alexander Associates Ltd.)
Short biography
Salley Vickers grew up as the child of parents in the British Communist Party. Her father was a trade union leader and her mother a social worker. She won a state scholarship to St Paul’s Girl’s School and went on to read English at Newnham College Cambridge. She has worked as a cleaner, a dancer, an artist’s model, a teacher of children with special needs, a university teacher of literature and a psychoanalyst. She now writes full time and lectures widely on many subjects, particularly the connections between, art, literature, psychology and religion. Her principal interests are opera, bird watching, dancing and poetry, to which her father introduced her at an early age. One of his favourite poets, W.B.Yeats was responsible for her name Salley, (the Irish for 'willow') which comes from Yeats’s poem set to music by Benjamin Britten 'Down by the salley gardens'. She has two adult sons, and two grandchildren. She is a member of PEN and the RSPB.

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Julia Garnet decides to spend six months in Venice, after retiring and her flatmate and friend Harriet died unexpectedly. A single woman, Venice changes her. She discovers feelings she hasn't experienced before when she meets Carlo. She also comes across the Guardi panels in the Chiesa dell'Angelo Raffaele which shows the story of Tobias and the Angel, the paintings releases emotions. She finds friends in Venice, including a young couple who are renovating a church near to her flat. She meets an American couple, a charming priest and a young boy. The story of Tobias and the Angel is told in short episodes between Julia's story, allowing the reader to make connections. Julia Garnet is no hero, she changes during the story in her own way that feels believable. She writes about her experiences and reflects on what has happened. This makes for an enjoyable read.… (more)
 
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CarolKub | 34 other reviews | Jul 5, 2024 |
Prim, English spinster travels to Venice where she loses her preconceptions and finds her angel. I liked it a lot and find it hard to top this review http://us.penguingroup.com/static/rguides/us/miss_garnets_angel.html
 
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featherbooks | 34 other reviews | May 7, 2024 |
If you like Venice; if like me you read The Apocrypha at school as a work of literature; and if you like the books of Salley Vickers you'll find this a good read. It's a genuinely clever attempt to tie the story of Tobias and the Angel to the life of slightly starchy spinster Julia Garnet now on a prolonged stay in Venice and the people whom she meets and interacts with there. It's a good story. It's a clever story. But I never quite believed in the characters. Almost, but not quite. Read it when you're in Venice. Then it won't matter at all.… (more)
 
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Margaret09 | 34 other reviews | Apr 15, 2024 |
When I read the reviews, and the authors of those reviews, on tne inside pages of this book, I thought I was in for an unmissable treat. But I must have missed the point somewhere along the line. I found the characterisation of an English village and its life, and the characters themselves interesting but something of a caricature. The religious theme, which emerged as the novel progressed, remained a puzzling one for me, despite having been raised solidly CofE (lapsed now). I didn't exactly plough through it, but I wasn't sorry when I got to the - somewhat curious - end.… (more)
 
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