The Trouble-Makers

Celia Fremlin
Format
Paperback
ISBN
9780571312962
Date Published
16.01.2014
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Summary

The Trouble-Makers (1963) was Celia Fremlin’s fourth novel and – as Chris Simmons contends in his new preface to this Faber Finds edition – has a case to be considered among her very best.

Katharine is a suburban housewife, desultorily unemployed, unhappily married, struggling to keep up appearances but consoled to some degree by the even more aggravated woes of her next-door neighbour Mary – until, that is, Katharine is brought to the disturbing realisation that Mary’s predicament is in fact substantially worse.

‘A cleverly devised story. A chorus of nicely-characterised suburban wives speculate on Mary’s troubles. Fremlin builds up the whole thing into a crescendo of horror.’ Sunday Times

‘One again Fremlin shows how incomparably more chilling is her quiet, semifactual style than some of the hysterical sentimentalities from Over the Water.’ Guardian

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Celia Fremlin (1914‚Äď2009) was born in Kent and spent her childhood in Hertfordshire, before studying at Oxford (whilst working as a charwoman). During World War Two, she served as an air-raid warden before becoming involved with the Mass Observation Project, collaborating on a study of women workers, War Factory. In 1942 she married Elia Goller, moved to Hampstead and had…

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