Ann Bridge


Born
in Porters, Hertfordshire, The United Kingdom
September 11, 1889

Died
March 09, 1974

Genre


Mid twentieth-century novelist [real name, Mary Anne O'Malley] who began by exploiting the milieu of the British Foreign Office community in Peking, China, where she lived for two years with her diplomat husband. Her novels combine courtship plots with vividly-realised settings and demure social satire.

She went on to write novels which take as the background of their protagonists' emotional lives a serious investigation of modern historical developments (such as the leap by which Turkey progressed from a feudal-style government to become a modern republic in which women enjoyed equality of rights and equality of opportunity).

Ann Bridge also wrote thrillers centred on a female amateur detective, travel books, and family memoirs.
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Average rating: 3.85 · 1,298 ratings · 218 reviews · 38 distinct worksSimilar authors
Illyrian Spring

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3.96 avg rating — 250 ratings — published 1935 — 12 editions
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Peking Picnic

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3.53 avg rating — 111 ratings — published 1932 — 9 editions
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The Lighthearted Quest

3.52 avg rating — 125 ratings — published 1956 — 7 editions
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The Portuguese Escape

3.83 avg rating — 77 ratings — published 1958 — 8 editions
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The Numbered Account (Julia...

3.88 avg rating — 60 ratings — published 1960 — 5 editions
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The Dangerous Islands

3.67 avg rating — 54 ratings — published 1963 — 7 editions
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Emergency In The Pyrenees

3.85 avg rating — 53 ratings — published 1965 — 6 editions
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The Malady in Madeira

3.70 avg rating — 50 ratings — published 1969 — 6 editions
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Julia in Ireland  (Julia Pr...

3.50 avg rating — 40 ratings — published 1973 — 6 editions
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The Episode at Toledo

3.95 avg rating — 41 ratings — published 1966 — 9 editions
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The Lighthearted Quest The Portuguese Escape The Numbered Account The Dangerous Islands Emergency In The Pyrenees The Malady in Madeira
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“What is freedom? It consists in two things: to know each his own limitations and accept them – that is the same thing as to know oneself, and accept oneself as one is, without fear, or envy, or distaste; and to recognise and accept the conditions under which one lives, also without fear or envy, or distaste. When you do this, you shall be free.”
Ann Bridge, Illyrian Spring

“Lady Kilmichael, on the other hand, in common with many women of her generation, had made remarkably little use of her experience. It had been impressed upon her in youth that experience was necessary and valuable, but no one had ever told her what to do with it; it was something which you apparently acquired in large or small packets, like Lux, and then put away in a cupboard. Experience so treated does indeed leave a sort of sediment of knowledge - the mere possession of those stored packets may give a certain confidence; but it does not make a very vivid contribution to life.”
Ann Bridge, Illyrian Spring

“A conviction, unformulated but strong, rose to the working level of her mind - that painting did something more important for Nicholas than the mere gratifying of a whim; that this form of work and liberty of expression straightened out in him something that was tangled, set free in him something that, shut up, turned bad and poisoned him from below.”
Ann Bridge, Illyrian Spring

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