Instances of the Number 3, Paperback Book

Instances of the Number 3 Paperback

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The fantastic new edition of the bestselling second novel from the author of `Miss Garnet's Angel'. Bridget Hansome and Frances Slater have only one thing in common. And that's Peter Hansome, who has died suddenly. Without their husband or lover, the women find that before they can rebuild their lives they must look to themselves and unravel mysteries that they had never before even suspected.

So begins an unlikely alliance between wife and mistress and a voyage of discovery that is as comic as it is profound. `Instances of the Number 3' is a funny, beguiling exploration of love, bereavement, Shakespeare, illusion and the impossibility of escaping your past.

Following on from `Miss Garnet's Angel', this brilliant novel confirms Salley Vickers as a writer who transcends generations.


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A tale reminiscent of Hamlet all involving three's. A good read, and very enjoyable, and quite haunting.

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Intriguing novel about a widow, a mistress and the ghost of the man who brought them together, but all slightly too pretentious for my taste. The characters, particularly Bridget, are amusing if nothing else, and the supernatural subplot satisfied my reason for choosing this novel in the first place. I just couldn't stand all the blather about religion, and the endless quoting of Shakespeare. Sort of Evelyn Waugh meets Barbara Pym, which is not my idea of an enjoyable story.