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Book Information: Far Cry from Kensington, a

Far Cry from Kensington, a (1988) [Novel]
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Set on the crazier fringes of 1950s literary London, A Far Cry from Kensington is a delight, hilariously portraying love, fraud, death, evil, and transformation.

Mrs. Hawkins, the majestic narrator of A Far Cry from Kensington, takes us well in hand, and leads us back to her threadbare years in postwar London. There, as a fat and much admired young war widow, she spent her days working for a mad, near-bankrupt publisher ("of very good books") and her nights dispensing advice at her small South Kensington rooming-house. At work and at home Mrs. Hawkins soon uncovered evil: shady literary doings and a deadly enemy; anonymous letters, blackmail, and suicide. With aplomb, however, Mrs. Hawkins confidently set about putting things to order, little imagining the mayhem which would ensue.

Now decades older, thin, successful, and delighted with life in Italy -- quite a far cry from Kensington -- Mrs. Hawkins looks back to all those dark doings, and recounts how her own life changed forever. She still, however, loves to give advice: "It's easy to get thin. You eat and drink the same as always, only half....I offer this advice without fee; it is included in the price of this book."

Original title: A Far Cry from Kensington
Original languages: English

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Genre: FictionGeneral FictionLiterary Fiction/classics

Edition #1: Far Cry from Kensington, a

Far Cry from Kensington, a (1988)
Edition Details:

Language: English

Blurbs:
  • "Wickedly and adroitly executed " The New York Times
  • "Outstanding " The Observer
  • "Far Cry is, among other things, a comedy that holds a tragedy as an egg-cup holds an egg. " Philadelphia Inquirer
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Far Cry from Kensington, a (2004)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: London
Publisher: Penguin Books
ISBN: 9780140108743
Dimensions: 5 x 7.7 x 0.6 in
Pages: 192

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Far Cry from Kensington, a (2000)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: New York
Publisher: New Directions
ISBN: 9780811214575
Dimensions: 5.2 x 7.7 x 0.5 in
Pages: 192

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Far Cry from Kensington, a (1990)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: New York
Publisher: Avon
ISBN: 9780380707867
Dimensions: 5.2 x 8 x 0.5 in

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Far Cry from Kensington, a (1988)

Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company
ISBN: 9780395476949
Pages: 189

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Far Cry from Kensington, a (1988)

Format: Hardcover
Place of publication: London
Publisher: Constable
ISBN: 9780094682900
Pages: 189

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