Description: Fanny Logan tells the story of her beloved aristocratic cousins, the Radletts, and in particular Linda, who is beautiful and loves animals. Uncle Mathew hunts his children with bloodhounds (to the horror of respectable families in the local village) and keeps a blood-spattered entrenching tool above the fireplace as a relic of his experiences in the First World War. The cousins spend much of their childhood in the airing cupboard – the only warm place in the enormous Alconleigh Hall – discussing love and sex.
Beautifully observed and hilariously funny, the novel is also a fascinating hinterland account of the period leading to the Second World War and never pulls its punches in evoking the painful reality of the times.
1: Fanny Logan’s story of her beloved aristocratic cousins
2: Fanny is anxious about meeting her Aunt Emily’s husband-to-be
3: Aunt Sadie needs to find some young men to invite to Louisa’s ball
4: Cousin Linda Radlett falls in love, to the dismay of her family
5: Linda’s marriage does not turn out as she hoped
6: Linda falls in love but finds communists’ parties are frightfully gloomy
7: Linda’s success with the communists does not extend to Christian
8: Linda is living in Paris with the seductive Fabrice, Duc of Sauveterre
9: Linda has to leave Fabrice and return to London
10: Linda returns home to await the end of the war.