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A Game of Hide and Seek | Elizabeth Taylor
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The mid-twentieth century British novelist Elizabeth Taylor numbered among her admirers Elizabeth Bowen, Ivy Compton- Burnett, and Kingsley Amis. She also regularly published stories in The New Yorker for close to two decades. For all that, her work, as steely as it is delicate, remains the secret of a small number of intensely devoted readers. The publication of her finest novel, A Game of Hide and Seek, long unavailable in the United States, should help to change that. This is an unabashed love story, capturing all the uncertainty and inevitability and deceptiveness of true love, tracking the shifting currents of emotional life, and never yielding to melodrama. Set in Britain between the wars, a time of transition between old convention and new ways, the book has for a heroine Harriet, the only child of a suffragette, whom we meet as a shy and domestic and not especially smart or pretty girl. At eighteen she falls in love with Vesey, but after Vesey must go away, she marries another man, Charles, and bears a child. Then Vesey returns. Love is at the center of the book, but so too is Taylor’s extraordinary knack for depicting characters. The minor figures in the book—from Harriet’s mother’s friend Caroline, with her progressive politics, to Charles, his coworkers, and his mother, to Betsy with her schoolgirl crush on her Greek teacher—are as memorable as the passion and heartache of Harriet and Vesey.
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A Game of Hide and Seek | Elizabeth Taylor
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This is definitely a #blameitonlitsy read. I had no idea who THIS Elizabeth Taylor was before hearing of her here. I believe I may have found the only copy of a book of hers in the entire Vermont library collection. It took a while for me to fully invest in the story and then her descriptions of suburban society and the MC‘s yearning to be with a childhood love became a felt experience. Humorous moments came unexpectedly and were delightful.

vivastory You just can't go wrong with NYRB Classics! 1mo
Reviewsbylola I didn‘t realize any of her books were published thru NYRB! 1mo
Suet624 @Reviewsbylola NYRB has published two of hers. Angel is the other one. 1mo
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Suet624 @vivastory So true. It‘s a daunting catalog to get through though. ☺️ (edited) 1mo
vivastory It's completely worth it. 1mo
Suet624 @vivastory how many or what percentage of them do you think you‘ve read? 1mo
vivastory Maybe 1% 😬🙊We should start a Litsy nyrb book club, where one month we read & discuss one title. 1mo
vivastory *one title each month 1mo
BarbaraBB @vivastory that sounds like a plan! 1mo
LeahBergen Isn‘t she glorious? I have this one waiting on my shelf. 👍🏻 1mo
Suet624 @LeahBergen what others of hers have you read? 1mo
LeahBergen I‘ve read At Mrs Lippincote‘s, Palladian, and A View of the Harbour. I enjoyed them all! 😃 1mo
Suet624 @leahbergen Wow! I‘ve got some catching up to do. 1mo
sisilia I have this NYRB copy, untouched 😅 I‘ve read At Mrs Lippincote‘s, In a Summer Season, and The Soul of Kindness. Love all of them, and look forward to reading more of Elizabeth Taylor 1mo
Suet624 I need to start shopping! Like I said, this was the only one I could find in the entire Vermont library collection. Although I haven‘t checked any of the college libraries. Hmmm...I‘ll have to try that. 1mo
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A Game of Hide and Seek | Elizabeth Taylor
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One of my bookcases that‘s #CloseToMe right at this moment. 😄


Mtroiano 😍 2mo
saresmoore Oh. My. Goodness. 2mo
Reviewsbylola Your shelves are my absolute favorite Litsy shelves!! 2mo
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writerlibrarian Well... i'm not at all turning green... nope. 😉😉😉 2mo
JoScho Beautiful 💗 2mo
Leftcoastzen Pretty! 2mo
Mdargusch Wow! I could stare at that for hours! ❤️❤️❤️ 2mo
batsy 😍😍 2mo
AlaMich Your shelves are awesome! I get the feeling you are a series completist...😉 2mo
emilyhaldi Uuggghhhh I will never not have major book envy with ANYTHING you post 🤤 2mo
LeslieO So beautiful! I wish I could enlarge it like instagram so I could read all the titles. 2mo
Kalalalatja I can‘t deal 😍😍😍😍 2mo
Tanisha_A WOW 2mo
Cinfhen Looks like an old English library shelf!! Beautiful 2mo
Susannah So purty! 😍 2mo
mabell 😍❤️😍 2mo
Sarah83 Can you take a picture of the vmc's 😍😍😍 2mo
youneverarrived Gorgeous 😍 2mo
Cathythoughts Beautiful ♥️♥️♥️ 2mo
LeahBergen @AlaMich Hmm... a wee bit. 😆😆 I‘m not too rabid about it, though. 2mo
LeahBergen @rubyslippersreads Yes, and it‘s all thanks to you! Doesn‘t it look nice with the other old Thirkells? 😄 2mo
LeahBergen @Sarah83 Do you want a photo of just the titles? 2mo
Sarah83 This would be very nice. 😍 I am going to use this for future parcels as an alternative to Folios. 😍 2mo
LeahBergen @Sarah83 Aww, you‘re so sweet! 😘 2mo
Sarah83 😘😘😘😘 These ones I can order at book depository for example 😍 2mo
Melissa_J You know I love your Shellie pics 😍 2mo
rubyslippersreads @LeahBergen 😊 I also like seeing two of my favorites, Tryst and The Ghost and Mrs. Muir. (edited) 2mo
LeahBergen @Melissa_J 😘😘 2mo
LeahBergen @rubyslippersreads I blame my purchase of both of these on YOU! I only recently (finally!) found a hardcover of The Ghost and Mrs Muir (I‘ve never even seen the movie). 2mo
LeahBergen @rubyslippersreads Oh, and I had to put it next to Tryst on the shelf because they‘re both recommendations from you. 😆😆 2mo
rubyslippersreads @LeahBergen Read the book first, but you must watch the movie. It‘s wonderful! (edited) 2mo
rohit-sawant Oo, love this! 😍 2mo
BiblioLitten Can‘t even!! 😍😍 2mo
Megabooks 🤩😍🤩😍🤩 1mo
meghan2714 I'm in love with your books and book taste 😍 1mo
LeahBergen @meghan2714 Wow, that was a lot of “likes” from you. 😆 Thank you so much!! 1mo
meghan2714 @LeahBergen 😂 I was looking at all your bookies your welcome. 1mo
elkeo_TheBookDragon I wish I could zoom in and check out your titles! 3w
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A Game of Hide and Seek | Elizabeth Taylor
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Oh, this was wonderful. Quietly, calmly devastating with characters with the changeable, contradictory ideas and feelings of real people. No one is right or wrong in this exquisitely sensitive story of different loves and less-that-perfect lives, I read most of it with years in my eyes and a lump in my throat. This is now my favourite by Elizabeth Taylor.

EvieBee Lovely review and photo! You‘ve inspired me to pick up the next book I need to read of hers. I‘m reading them chronologically. 12mo
Moray_Reads @EvieBee that's much more organised than me, I read a few last year and then forgot about them until I saw this at the library but now she's right at the forefront of my mind again 12mo
EvieBee @Moray_Reads That was me! I read Mrs. Palfrey first and was like...I need all her books. Turns out I already owned most of them. I collect Viragos old and new. 12mo
Moray_Reads @EvieBee Mrs Palfrey was my first too. I've just ordered a few more from my library ♥️ 12mo
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ruskigurl16 Relatable. Stacked. ❤️ 12mo
Moray_Reads @ruskigurl16 if you haven't read Elizabeth Taylor before her writing is full of pieces like this. She has such a grasp of inner feelings ♥️ 12mo
ruskigurl16 @Moray_Reads I haven't actually. Where would you recommend I start? Or are all of them good? 12mo
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Suet624 Haha. Just read this in the book and was going to post it. 1mo
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EvieBee Are you reading this?! I adore her. Haven‘t read this one yet. 12mo
Moray_Reads @EvieBee I'm just a few pages in! I've read a few by her and I love them ♥️ 12mo
rubyslippersreads @EvieBee @Moray_Reads I haven't read any, but I think I need to. 12mo
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Moray_Reads @rubyslippersreads she's a great writer; funny, insightful and clever. She had a wonderful style 12mo
Weaponxgirl What I have read by her is wonderful, Mrs palfrey at the Claremont was a stunning little book. She gets the indignities and little sorrows of everyday life just perfect 12mo
Moray_Reads @Weaponxgirl perfectly put! She's so good and capturing humanity in small, everyday episodes 12mo
Weaponxgirl I heard the term domestic fiction once and this is what I think of. Somehow nothing outside of the ordinary really happens in a 'thrilling' way but I can't stop reading since the characters and writing are so good and true to life. 12mo
andrew61 I've read Angel which is a wonderful read so i wasn't aware if this but will have a look for it. 12mo
EvieBee @rubyslippersreads I agree with Moray 💯%! My favorite so far is... 12mo
EvieBee @Weaponxgirl I loved that one too! I think I cried. 12mo
Moray_Reads @EvieBee that one is my favourite too! 12mo
Weaponxgirl @EvieBee I cried too! 12mo
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Somebody (@LeahBergen, I think it was you?) recently told me to read Elizabeth Taylor. This one was in brand new condition for $3. Yay!

Hobbinol You got that in a philosophy bookstore?! Liz must be much deeper than I've given her credit for...😊 2y
EvieBee She's great. I've been working through her books as a Spring/Summer project. 2y
LeahBergen Oooo, yes! I have 3 of hers. 😍 2y
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