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Keeping Up Appearances
Rose Macaulay
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Keeping Up Appearances

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In this clever satire, Rose Macaulay introduces Daisy Simpson, a successful journalist whose life would be happy were it not for her alter ego, Daphne. Daphne is what Daisy imagines herself to be, not just intelligent and attractive, but popular, witty, courageous–and five years younger. Daisy's efforts to "keep up appearances" make this a sparkling comedy of manners, ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published September 1st 1986 by Carroll & Graf Publishers
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Jul 05, 2013 Vanessa rated it really liked it
Clever and funny. I can almost imagine this being re-issued as "chick lit" because life for the heroine centres around getting people to like her, and that includes eligible young men. Not so bitter as Evelyn Waugh, not so hard as Nancy Mitford, but reminiscent of both
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Emilie Rose Macaulay, whom Elizabeth Bowen called "one of the few writers of whom it may be said, she adorns our century," was born at Rugby, where her father was an assistant master. Descended on both sides from a long line of clerical ancestors, she felt Anglicanism was in her blood. Much of her childhood was spent in Varazze, near Genoa, and memories of Italy fill the early novels. The family ...more
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