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Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont
Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont: A Virago Modern Classic | Elizabeth Taylor
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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 unlikely friendship with an impoverished young writer, Ludo, who sees her as inspiration for his novel.
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Only 99¢ for one of my favorite books. If you've not read Elizabeth Taylor, news your chance to try it cheap!

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I have been reading books by Elizabeth Taylor along with the Goodreads group and this is my favorite by far! It is a poignant look at aging and friendship and loneliness- it ripped my heart into little pieces. Maybe it‘s my age? If you are wanting to delve into the world of Elizabeth Taylor, start here. 5🌟

Bookwormjillk Super cute vase! 5mo
Reviewsbylola I still need to read more of her. I‘ve only read 5mo
erzascarletbookgasm Wow, all ⭐️s! I shall start with this! 🙂 5mo
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Theaelizabet I‘ve been wanting to get to her for ages! 5mo
Mdargusch This has also been made into a movie @erzascarletbookgasm @Theaelizabet 5mo
Mdargusch I‘ll let you borrow this @Reviewsbylola 5mo
batsy Love this picture 🐰🌼 5mo
LeahBergen I stalled on the Goodreads group-read a bit (but I know I can pop back on to read the comments when I finish the rest of her books). I‘ve loved all that I‘ve read of her novels. ❤️ 5mo
BarbaraBB Thanks for the recommendation. I‘ll remember it! 5mo
Mdargusch I have missed a few myself @LeahBergen 5mo
Mdargusch Thanks! @batsy 5mo
emilyhaldi Sounds up my alley 💕 5mo
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I love these Virago Modern Classics editions. 🌸


saresmoore Ooh, yes! I like this pattern a lot. 2y
britt_brooke So pretty! 2y
BarbaraBB Beautiful 😍 2y
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shawnmooney Have you read it? I have a paperback copy Buddy read some day? 2y
LeahBergen @saresmoore @britt_brooke @BarbaraBB I wish they‘d come out with more in this series. 2y
LeahBergen @shawnmooney Not yet! Yes to a “some day buddy read”. 😄 (edited) 2y
rohit-sawant Lovely edition! 2y
rubyslippersreads 😍🌸😍🌼😍🌺 2y
Becker I love them too. I wish there were more of them to choose from. 2y
LeahBergen @Becker Me, too! 2y
DebinHawaii So pretty! 🌸 2y
Reviewsbylola Stunning 💐 2y
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Definitely #inspiredbylitsy (the book, not the bagel)

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Some of my favorite covers. #coverlovers #awesomeautumnbooks

KarenUK That Rebecca is gorgeous! 😍 2y
Louise Oh, lovely covers! 😍 2y
britt_brooke Pretty!! 2y
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Kalalalatja 😍😍😍😍 gorgeous! 2y
Jess_Read_This Lucky!! You have the hardcover Virago Mrs Palfrey!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️ It's gorgeous and so hard to find. 2y
Jas16 @Jess_Read_This I lucked out and found a used copy when I was in Scotland. 2y
Jess_Read_This @Jas16 So lucky! Ironically, I got a book fetch email from Abebooks that a copy of this is available for me... at a small price of $276! (edited) 2y
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A second of hers to sit unread on my shelf for the time being....

LeahBergen I have 3 of hers unread ( including this one) on my shelf. Buddy read? 😂😂 2y
shawnmooney @LeahBergen I doubledare ya! 😂 2y
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First I watched the movie, and then I read the book. After that I felt slightly deprived. Why had I not stumbled scross this Elizabeth Taylor sooner?!? I'm now on a mission to read all of her books. The ones I have resd all have in common: beautifully written prose, interesting characters, dry wit and while the action is low-key, there are plenty of heavy undercurrents to keep you hooked.

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What a delightful book! Funny, refreshing, sometimes melancholy but overall bright. This is my first Taylor book, although I've been collecting her work for some time. Can't wait to get to the others. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #vmc

kspenmoll Colorful mug! 3y
britt_brooke Love your mug! 🍓 3y
erzascarletbookgasm Yes, a very eye-catching mug! 3y
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EvieBee @kspenmoll @britt_brooke @erzascarletbookgasm Thank you! I picked it up yesterday. Not that I need more mugs but it screamed spring/summer. 😆 3y
Donna_sBookMinute Seems like a very good read. And I love the matching bookmark. Of course the strawberry mug is really cute. Enjoy your read. 3y
LeahBergen 💜💜💜 3y
Hooked_on_books What a cute mug! ☕️🍓 3y
Joanne1 My kids love strawberry shortcake, how much would they love that mug! 3y
Chachic Love your mug! 3y
EvieBee @Donna_sBookMinute Thank you for noticing the bookmark. I agonize about which to use with which book. 3y
EvieBee @LeahBergen @Hooked_on_books @Joanne1 @Chachic Thank you all so much! ♥️♥️ 3y
andrew61 I've not read mrs palfrey although have it ready to read in a large pile but Angel is a wonderful read. 3y
EvieBee @andrew61 I have that one in my NYRB pile. I'll have to look into that one. I can't figure out what to read next so that may be it! 3y
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Mrs. Taylor's got jokes! ??

"Well, another Sunday nearly gone," Mrs Post said quickly, to cover a little fart. She had presence of mind. #vmc

DeleteAcct Lol! 3y
LeahBergen 😂 3y
Lesliereads Did you lol? 3y
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I'm going in! I just love starting new books. They always seem promising. #currentlyreading #vmc

Demanda Loved that movie 3y
Libby1 I liked this one. Enjoy! 🙂 3y
EvieBee @Demanda I did too! It's been years but I really love the actress who portrayed Mrs. Palfry. 3y
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EvieBee @Libby1 Already such a delight, Libby! Thank you. 😊 3y
Joanne1 I love starting new books too. 3y
EvieBee @Joanne1 Isn't it the best?! So hopeful. 3y
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I find it #surprising that my luggage closes! I only bought six books but I am planning my first Book Depository order. #aprilamazingreads

Tamra I only recently discovered BD and love it for books that are hard to find over on this side of the pond. They include super cute bookmarks too. 3y
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One of purchases from Leakey's Book Shop in Inverness. I am a sucker for pretty editions. #coffeeandabook #marchmadness

WanderingBookaneer Loved the movie. Did not know it was based on a book. 3y
Lacythebookworm Love the Virago Modern Classics 😍😍😍 3y
LeahBergen Ooo! I have this edition. 😍 3y
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Smangela Gorgeous cover 😍 3y
rubyslippersreads Lovely! 😍 3y
EvieBee I love your edition! Just picked this off my shelf. 3y
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"As they rose, one by one, to go to dinner, a party of middle-aged people there for a mild celebration, all instinctively sat up and straightened their backs. They tried to look more alert, and to forget their future."

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