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The Feast

Margaret Kennedy

This summer holiday vintage classic exploring the mystery of a buried Cornish hotel invites us to solve the puzzle as detectives: perfect for Agatha Christie fans, with a dash of Richard Osman …

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This summer holiday vintage crime classic exploring the mystery of a buried Cornish hotel invites us to solve the puzzle as detectives: perfect for fans of Celia Fremlin’s Uncle Paul, Agatha Christie, or Richard Osman …
‘I am loving it!’ Nigella Lawson
‘Hilarious and perceptive … Perfect.’ Daily Mail
‘Entertaining, beautifully written, and profound.’ Tracy Chevalier
‘Tense, touching, human, dire, and funny … A feast indeed.’ Elizabeth Bowen
‘Kennedy is not only a romantic but an anarchist.’ Anita Brookner
‘Oh boy, what a treat; wonderfully sharp and funny … Page-turningly good!’ Lissa Evans
‘So full of pleasure that you could be forgiven for not seeing how clever it is.’ Cathy Rentzenbrink

Cornwall, Midsummer 1947.
Pendizack Manor Hotel is buried in the rubble of a collapsed cliff. Seven guests have perished, but is it murder, and 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 cliff cracks widen ..

Reader Reviews:
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.’ *****
Offers us the chance to solve a very unusual kind of mystery … An unexpectedly engaging literary game.’ ****
‘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.’ *****
‘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..’ *****

Critic Reviews

Hilarious and perceptive, here’s the perfect seaside holiday read ... Events leading up to the disaster are entertainingly revealed through the diaries, letters, thoughts and conversations of the inmates of the hotel. And what an intriguing bunch they are: obnoxious children, an arty writer and her toy boy, nutty priest . . . Snobs, slobs and the lovelorn. The nail-biting tension to discover who actually survived the tragedy will keep you on the very edge of your deckchair.

Daily Mail
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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
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Exquisite comedy ... Tense, touching, human, dire, and funny, The Feast is a feast indeed.

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Kennedy is not only a romantic but an anarchist, and she knows the ways of men and women very well indeed.

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Aptly named [for] it has Miss Kennedy’s narrative skill; her distinction, her grace, above all, her peculiar magic.

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A choice carton of reader’s delight ... Irresistible.

Daily Express

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’…

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