The People on Privilege Hill by Jane Gardam

Description: Jane Gardam’s delightful short stories range from the Lake District to Dorset; from Wimbledon, where an old Victorian mansion has been converted into a home for unmarried mothers, to wartime London, where a hospital is the scene of a job interview in the middle of the Blitz. In ‘Pangbourne’ (not, in this instance, the place, but the name of an ape), a lonely woman allows herself tenderly to fall in love with a gorilla; ‘Snap’ is about a loveless one-night stand – and its ironic punishment. Two of the stories are ghost stories; and fans of Gardam’s most recent novel, the bestselling Old Filth, will be overjoyed to encounter Filth himself and his ancient enemy and sparring partner, Veneering, among the umbrellas at a luncheon party on a soaking wet day.

The People on Privilege Hill
Pangbourne
Babette
The Latter Days of Mr Jones
The Flight Path
The Milly Ming
The Hair of the Dog
Dangers
Waiting for a Stranger
Learning to Fly
The Virgins of Bruges
The Fledgling
Snap
The Last Reunion

The author of the Old Filth trilogy explains why, despite her award-winning career as a novelist, it’s short stories she loves best

4* Old Filth
5* The Man in the Wooden Hat
WL Last Friends
WL Crusoe’s Daughters
3* Bilgewater
TR The People on Privilege Hill
4* The Stories

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