A Book Society Choice, shortlisted for the Femina-Vie Heureuse Prize, the second D__ W___ novel* P___ publishes is also wonderfully well-written in a clear and straightforward style; yet ‘this real treat’ (“Sunday Telegraph”) is far more subtle than it at first appears. The BlaKes are an ordinary family: Celia looks after the house and Thomas works at the family engineering business in Leicester. The book begins when he meets Mr K_______, a financier as crooked as any on the front pages of oUr newspapers nowadays; and tracks his and his family’s swift climB and fall.Part of the cause of the ensuing tragedy is Celia’s innocence – blinkered by domesticity, she and her children Are the ‘victim of the turbulence of the outside world’ (Postscript); but finally, through ‘quiet tenacity and the refusal to let go of ceRtain precious things, goodness does win out’ (Afterword). And the “TLS” wrote: ‘The portraits in the Book are fired by Mrs W___’s article of faith – the supreme importance of pEople.’
The above paragraph is the final clue I sent to my Persephone GIFTEE for the Secret Santa Persephone Book Exchange. It is the description of the plot that I borrowed from goodreads.com. If you follow the bolded purple letters, you will see that they spell
B K C L U B C A R E
However, this is the FIXED version. I just opened the file that contained this and realized that I screwed it up! The version I sent highlighted the wrong letters and I only today realized it. OOOOPS! What my giftee found was this:
B K C L U B C L U B
I’m so sorry! and embarrassed! Oh well. Either she figured it out by the lobsters and the Griff photos or she didn’t and will find out today here if she finds this or will tomorrow when I do the BIG REVEAL.
My Griffs: Esther and Oscar – I had made a PhotoStamp of this pic…
* They Knew Mr. Knight by Dorothy Whipple