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Mixed Blessings Peter Somerville-Large

Mixed Blessings

Peter Somerville-Large

Published May 17th 2012
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Kindle Edition
256 pages
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In PETER SOMERVILLE-LARGE’s elegant and scathingly witty novel, Paul Blake-Willoughby, the only child of a mixed marriage, is brought up on an Irish country estate by a Catholic soldier father and an eccentric Protestant mother. Against the backdropMoreIn PETER SOMERVILLE-LARGE’s elegant and scathingly witty novel, Paul Blake-Willoughby, the only child of a mixed marriage, is brought up on an Irish country estate by a Catholic soldier father and an eccentric Protestant mother. Against the backdrop of a large crumbling mansion, various factions, which include his Protestant teachers, a wealthy Church of Ireland Bishop and a succession of Catholic priests, war hilariously over his soul. It is a brilliant and extremely funny examination of the topics of snobbery, bigotry and infidelity. The end of the novel is a cruel surprise, reflecting a lifetime of unresolved problems.‘A splendid book, which I greatly enjoyed, page after page.’ WILLIAM TREVOR‘Wonderfully evocative detail, smoothly paced, very funny – right up there with William Trevor and Molly Keane in the same Decline and Fall of the Ascendancy genre’JOSEPH HONE‘Outrageous jokes, very elegantly written very funny’ALANNAH HOPKIN