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    The Old Jest

    By: Jennifer Johnston

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    Late summer near Dublin, 1920, and up at the great house there are still cucumber sandwiches for tea.Slipping away from Aunt Mary and dotty Grandfather, eighteen-year-old Nancy has escaped down to the shore to dream in the beach hut, write her diary and wait - longing for her life to begin. The Dublin newspapers are full of distant bombings and shootings. Even before she meets the mysterious fugitive on the beach, Nancy has begun to sense that the old life - the charmed lives of the Anglo-Irish ascendancy - cannot go on for ever.'Establishes her yet again as one of Ireland's greatest writers' - Irish Times'Brings to the vicissitudes of violence an open-eyed open-aired uncorrupted vision' - Scotsman'Subtle, moving and distinguished' - Observer'Beautifully executed ... near perfect' - The TimesWINNER OF THE 1979 WHITBREAD AWARD FOR FICTION

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