After Such Kindness by Gaynor Arnold

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In this thoughtful novel Margaret Baxter never goes to America, but to a psychiatrist instead. Had she gone, Americans might well have found her puzzling. The alienist here just finds her fascinating.
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When the writer, Oxford scholar and photographer John Jameson visits the home of his vicar friend, he is entranced by Daisy, his youngest daughter. Jameson charms her with his wit and child-like imagination, teasing her with riddles and inventing humorous stories as they enjoy afternoons alone by the river and in his rooms.


The shocking impact of this unusual friendship is only brought to light when, years later, Daisy, unsettled in her marriage, rediscovers her childhood diaries hidden in an old toy chest.


Inspired by the tender and troubling friendship between Lewis Carroll and Alice Liddell, After Such Kindness demonstrates Gaynor Arnold's extraordinary 'capacity to imagine the truth behind the facts'. With the same assured feel for the Victorian period displayed in her prize-listed debut, Arnold brings to scintillating life an idiosyncratic genius and his timeless muse.

 

About Gaynor Arnold

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Gaynor Arnold was born and brought up in Cardiff. She read English at St. Hilda's College, Oxford, where she acted in many plays, notably at the Edinburgh Festival and on a tour of the US. She has two grown-up children and worked for Birmingham's Adoption and Fostering Service for many years before becoming a full time writer in 2009. She is the author of Girl in a Blue Dress [9781906994150], published by Tindal Street.
 
Published July 5, 2012 by Tindal Street. 384 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction
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Reviewed by Simon Winchester on Aug 10 2012

In this thoughtful novel Margaret Baxter never goes to America, but to a psychiatrist instead. Had she gone, Americans might well have found her puzzling. The alienist here just finds her fascinating.

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