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The Feast

The Feast

ISBN
9780571367795
Published
03/06/2021
9780571367795
Format
Paperback
Price
£9.99
Paperback
448

About the Book

Celebrated by Cathy Rentzenbrink, this glorious rediscovered classic exploring the mystery of a buried Cornish hotel is perfect for Agatha Christie and Daphne du Maurier fans ...
‘The miniature charm of a Baby Austen.’ Observer
'Tense, touching, human, dire, and funny ... A feast indeed.' Elizabeth Bowen
'Kennedy is not only a romantic but an anarchist.' Anita Brookner
'So full of pleasure that you could be forgiven for not seeing how clever it is.' Cathy Rentzenbrink
'Oh boy, what a treat; wonderfully sharp and funny; I devoured this ... Page-turningly good!' Lissa Evans
Cornwall, Midsummer 1947. Pendizack Manor Hotel is buried in the rubble of a collapsed cliff. Seven guests have perished, but what brought this strange assembly together for a moonlit feast before this Act of God – or Man? Over the week before the landslide, we meet the hotel guests in all their eccentric glory: and as friendships form and romances blossom, sins are revealed, and the cracks widen ...

Reader Reviews:
'Really clever - but readable. Perfect for a sunlounger (in the garden!)'
'One of the best books I have ever read ... Viva Ms. Kennedy, you were truly marvellous!' *****
'The best book I've ever read. Yes, I know that's a big statement! Kennedy is quickly becoming my all-time favorite author ... A first-rate literary genius.' *****
'This is bar none, one of the best books I have ever read.' *****
'A magnificent rediscovery ... Kennedy's masterpiece is a searing and unflinching look at postwar England ... Elegantly and tartly written, this smart and haunting novel offers one of the most unforgettable endings ... A brilliant and moving literary feast to be enjoyed without any moderation! *****
'I'm longing to read this again! Clever Kennedy! Is it a thriller? Is it a morality play or an exploration of divine justice? Or is it a family/village saga and maybe even a romance? ... Terrifically readable with a marvellous cast.' *****
'This isn’t just the story of a Cornish summer holiday gone horribly wrong. Kennedy is, in fact, doing something much cleverer and more sophisticated – offering us the chance to solve a very unusual kind of mystery ... An unexpectedly engaging literary game.' ****
'Such a good idea, and brilliantly executed ... I was unable to stop reading, absorbed completely in the company of the motley group. It’s almost like you’re eavesdropping on them. After finishing it, I find myself still thinking about it ... A fabulous read.' *****
'One of my favorite kinds of books: a forgotten treasure. The writing is exemplary ... Many, many fine moments.' *****

Celebrated by Cathy Rentzenbrink, this glorious rediscovered classic exploring the mystery of a buried Cornish hotel is perfect for Agatha Christie and Daphne du Maurier fans ... ‘The miniature charm of a Baby Austen.’ Observer'Tense, touching, human, dire, and funny ... A feast indeed.' Elizabeth Bowen'Kennedy is not only a romantic but an anarchist.' Anita Brookner'So full of pleasure that you could be forgiven for not seeing how clever it is.' Cathy Rentzenbrink'Oh boy, what a treat; wonderfully sharp and funny; I devoured this ... Page-turningly good!' Lissa EvansCornwall, Midsummer 1947. Pendizack Manor Hotel is buried in the rubble of a collapsed cliff. Seven guests have perished, but what brought this strange assembly together for a moonlit feast before this Act of God – or Man? Over the week before the landslide, we meet the hotel guests in all their eccentric glory: and as friendships form and romances blossom, sins are revealed, and the cracks widen ... Reader Reviews:'Really clever - but readable. Perfect for a sunlounger (in the garden!)''One of the best books I have ever read ... Viva Ms. Kennedy, you were truly marvellous!' *****'The best book I've ever read. Yes, I know that's a big statement! Kennedy is quickly becoming my all-time favorite author ... A first-rate literary genius.' *****'This is bar none, one of the best books I have ever read.' *****'A magnificent rediscovery ... Kennedy's masterpiece is a searing and unflinching look at postwar England ... Elegantly and tartly written, this smart and haunting novel offers one of the most unforgettable endings ... A brilliant and moving literary feast to be enjoyed without any moderation! *****'I'm longing to read this again! Clever Kennedy! Is it a thriller? Is it a morality play or an exploration of divine justice? Or is it a family/village saga and maybe even a romance? ... Terrifically readable with a marvellous cast.' *****'This isn’t just the story of a Cornish summer holiday gone horribly wrong. Kennedy is, in fact, doing something much cleverer and more sophisticated – offering us the chance to solve a very unusual kind of mystery ... An unexpectedly engaging literary game.' ****'Such a good idea, and brilliantly executed ... I was unable to stop reading, absorbed completely in the company of the motley group. It’s almost like you’re eavesdropping on them. After finishing it, I find myself still thinking about it ... A fabulous read.' *****'One of my favorite kinds of books: a forgotten treasure. The writing is exemplary ... Many, many fine moments.' *****
  • Margaret Kennedy

    Margaret Kennedy was born in London in 1896 and read History at Somerville College, Oxford in 1915 (alongside Winifred Holtby and Vera Brittain) where she began writing. In 1924, Kennedy’s second novel The Constant Nymph became a worldwide bestseller which she adapted into a hit West End play starring Noel Coward (three different star-studded film versions followed). Described as 'superb' by Elizabeth Bowen, Kennedy wrote fifteen further prize-winning novels including The Feast in 1950, as well as literary criticism and a biography of Jane Austen. She died in 1967.

“So full of pleasure that you could be forgiven for not seeing how clever it is. Like many of my favourite novels, it delivers an enjoyable story [but] also repays mulling over and re-reading... A playful and skilled writer.”
- Cathy Rentzenbrink
“Exquisite comedy ... Tense, touching, human, dire, and funny, The Feast is a feast indeed.”
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