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An Imaginative Experience

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An Imaginative Experience by Mary Wesley
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A traveller on an InterCity train returning to London smells the burn of brakes as it hisses to a stop in the middle of the countryside. He sees a white-faced woman leap from the train and race to the aid of a sheep stranded on its back, unable to rise, in a field. Righting it, she turns, and he sees her face is full of tragedy.Considering tragedies of his own, he does not intrude, but the image lodges in his mind- a strange but familiar despair, unable, despite itself, to ignore the desperation it recognises in others.From these seeds Mary Wesley draws out a plot of an unforgettable impact- of loss, of release, of a necessarily comic acceptance of fate, of love - the 'imaginative experience'. Rich in character and wit, and powerfully moving, this is a novel of the heart's pain and deliverance.

Author Biography

Mary Wesley was born near Windsor in 1912. Her education took her to the London School of Economics and during the War she worked in the War Office. Although she initially fulfilled her parent's expectations in marrying an aristocrat she then scandalised them when she divorced him in 1945 and moved in with the great love of her life, Eric Siepmann. The couple married in 1952, once his wife had finally been persuaded to divorce him. She used to comment that her 'chief claim to fame is arrested development, getting my first novel Jumping the Queue published at the age of seventy'. She went on to write a further nine novels, three of which were adapted for television, including the best-selling The Camomile Lawn. Mary Wesley was awarded the CBE in the 1995 New Year's honour list and died in 2002.
Release date NZ
April 2nd, 2007
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Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Imprint
Vintage
Pages
240
Dimensions
129x198x15
ISBN-13
9780099499091
Product ID
1730921

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