A Game Of Hide And Seek Hardback
Part of the Virago Modern Classics series
With a cover design by Celia BirtwellDuring summer games of hide-and-seek Harriet falls in love with Vesey and his elusive, teasing ways.
When he goes to Oxford she cherishes his photograph and waits for the letter that never comes.
Then Charles enters her life, and Harriet stifles her imaginings.
With a husband and daughter, she excels at respectability: ornaments on the mantlepiece, remembered birthdays and jars of lilac.
But when Vesey reappears, her marriage seems to melt away.
Harriet is older, it is much too late, but she is still in love with him.First published in 1958, this is Elizabeth Taylor's subtlest and finest work.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 320 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
- Publication Date: 01/05/2008
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9781844085293
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Review by Sarahursula
Feminists’ daughters should be brave and true, although the reality is often not at all like that and lionesses can have wimpy little cubs. Elizabeth Taylor’s subtle A Game of Hide and Seek tells the poignant story of not-so-brave Harriet (bored by her mother’s generation and its fight for the vote) and her love for the glamorous young Vesey. It’s a classic tale of a girl who never gets over her first love and the power he still has over her despite the failure of all his hopes and ambitions. Harriet has suburbia and Vesey horrible rooms and poor health. Although fairly happily married and with a daughter of her own, Harriet is still in thrall to the down at heel Vesey who returns to her life and, with their sad and fitful grasping of happiness, he continues to exert a powerful influence over all their lives.