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‘Hilarious and perceptive, here’s the perfect seaside holiday read.’ Daily Mail
‘The miniature charm of a Baby Austen.’ Observer
‘Entertaining, beautifully written, and profound.’ Tracy Chevalier
‘Kennedy is not only a romantic but an anarchist.’ Anita Brookner
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 …
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.
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.
Tense, touching, human, dire, and funny, The Feast is a feast indeed.
Kennedy is not only a romantic but an anarchist, and she knows the ways of men and women very well indeed.
Aptly named [for] it has Miss Kennedy’s narrative skill; her distinction, her grace, above all, her peculiar magic.
The miniature charm of a Baby Austen.
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