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The Trouble-Makers

Celia Fremlin

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ISBN
9780571312979
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 (1914-2009) was born in Kent and educated at Berkhamsted School for Girls and Somerville College, Oxford, where she read classics and philosophy. During the Second World War she worked for the Mass Observation project, an experience that resulted in her first published book, War Factory (1943, available in Faber Finds), which recorded the experiences and attitudes of women…

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