Elizabeth Fair


Born
Haigh, Lancashire , The United Kingdom
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Influences
Margery Sharp, Angela Thirkell, Trollope


Fair wrote six novels of English village life that humorously and gently dissected the "polite social politics" of village denizens while managing to incorporate a romance or two. Reviewers typically compare her work to that of Margery Sharp or Angela Thirkell, with Stevie Smith and other reviewers noting that her work has affinities with Trollope. Of her novel All One Summer, the author wrote that it was meant for people like herself who "prefer not to take life too seriously". Writer Compton Mackenzie said of this novel that it was "in the best tradition of English humour".

Fair's third novel, The Native Heath (1954) was published with a jacket design by Shirley Hughes.

Fair published her last novel in 1960 and died in 1997 (Taken from Auth
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Average rating: 3.93 · 411 ratings · 89 reviews · 6 distinct works
Bramton Wick

3.98 avg rating — 102 ratings — published 1952 — 5 editions
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A Winter Away

3.90 avg rating — 77 ratings4 editions
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The Native Heath

3.81 avg rating — 69 ratings — published 1954 — 5 editions
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Landscape in Sunlight

3.99 avg rating — 75 ratings — published 1953 — 5 editions
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The Mingham Air

3.89 avg rating — 45 ratings — published 1960 — 5 editions
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Seaview House

4.02 avg rating — 43 ratings — published 1955 — 6 editions
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“Clichés really do describe emotional experiences, you know. The mere fact that hundreds of people use them proves it. People who are truly suffering don’t bother about looking for elegant new ways of expressing their feelings.”
Elizabeth Fair, The Mingham Air

“If he hadn’t made her laugh she would have cried; and the relief of being able to dissolve into laughter was so great that she felt quite dizzy, as if after months of being shut up in one room she had suddenly emerged into wind and sunlight.”
Elizabeth Fair, The Mingham Air

“Maggie said tolerantly that it would do the parents good to be taken for a picnic. And she told herself, even more tolerantly, that it would do Hester good if she drove the car into a ditch. But this was just a private joke; for her common sense told her that it would do the precious car no good at all.”
Elizabeth Fair, The Mingham Air

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