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The Blush

3.98 of 5 stars 3.98  ·  rating details  ·  55 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Paperback, 217 pages
Published March 3rd 1987 by Penguin Books (first published May 1st 1968)
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I started reading these lovely stories the evening before I went to the Elizabeth Taylor day at Battle library in Reading. I had a lovely read of it going down on the train and finished it on the train coming home after a lovely day talking and listening to others talk, about Elizabeth Taylor. I will write another post about that though.

There are 12 stories in this collection – I enjoyed all the stories, they are beautiful, minutely observed and intuitively drawn. Her characters are so immediate
How I love just picking up random books published by Virago (easy to pick out that dark green spine) and knowing that I'll almost certainly like them. This is a collection of short stories of domestic life, situations, and relationships, each full of wit, empathy, and subtle characterization. I'd never read Taylor before and will certainly be looking for more; happily, Virago has published several more of her novels and short story collections.
Alison May
Beautiful, sparse telling writing of the kind only to be found by a certain breed of mid-century female British authors.
If you haven't discovered Elizabeth Taylor yet, you are in for a treat...
Laurie Drew
This is the first time I have read this author and I found it was a lovely, quiet, very English read. This is a collection of the author's short stories and the only criticism I had was that I wanted more of each story! I liken this to Maugham who is the kind of author I read over and over. I think Taylor will be the same way. The story doesn't bash you over the head and really uses language so beautifully that I can easily escape but not leave my own world.
No, it isn't that Elizabeth Taylor. This is a collection of short stories. I loved the author's character development. I was really drawn in to their lives. What I did not like was that the stories ended abruptly with no closure. I really wanted to know what happened to these people that she made so vividly real! It was often like walking out after the first act of a really good play.
Good 1950's short stories about dashed expectations and the regret inherent in aging. These reminded me most of Elizabeth Spencer, whose "keen eye and ear for domestic detail will interest those with a penchant for John Cheever." (from Publisher's Weekly). I think the same of Taylor, although she chronicles British life rather than American.
There's a story about a spinsterly Emily who has been writing to a man for years and suddenly she has the chance to meet him. So sad. I have a fondness for any story involving a spinsterly Emily.
1958. Well written and some stories of quite some interest, and yet I don't think much of it will stick with me. I don't somehow connect with very much of it.
A couple of these stories I really loved; some of them were awfully conventional.
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Elizabeth Taylor (née Coles) was a popular English novelist and short story writer. Elizabeth Coles was born in Reading, Berkshire in 1912. She was educated at The Abbey School, Reading, and worked as a governess, as a tutor and as a librarian.

In 1936, she married John Micael, a businessman. She lived in Penn, Buckinghamshire, for almost all her married life.

Her first novel, At Mrs. Lippincote's,
More about Elizabeth Taylor...
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