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Yesterday's Houses

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When sixteen-year-old Marianne Flowers is invited to a party in a genteel house she has no idea that the house - and what she experiences there - including the stately bathroom - will change her life. Not to mention the boy who introduces her to red wine, sophisticated conversation and an apparently liberated future. But marriage to Charles turns out to be far from liberating and soon Marianne finds herself living in a basement flat, with a cramped, ignoble bathroom, and a way of life that is very far from her hopes, romantic or otherwise. Life, it seems, is going on elsewhere. But Charles' mother starts feeding her with books - classics, feminist essays, and fine literature - and soon Marianne realises that there is a whole, bright world unfolding before her. But how will this new, independently minded, occasionally foolish, sometimes triumphant Marianne find her place in this brand new world? Mavis Cheek's twelfth novel shows her at the height of her powers in this poignant, funny account of a woman whose journey to freedom, independence, and good quality plumbing will delight fans of her previous work.
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Mavis Cheek lives in the English countryside. She is the author of eleven previous novels most recently Mrs Fytton's Country Life, The Sex Life of My Aunt and Patrick Parker's Progress


'Warm, funny and insightful ... hilarious, with a showdown any woman will relish.' Eve 'a genuinely witty book full of laugh-out-loud moments.' Sainsbury's Magazine ' Cheek is an English author to be cherished.' Geoffrey Wansell, Daily Mail 'studded with just the right number of stylish insights, glittering quotations, and naughty asides.' Maureen Freely, Guardian

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