by Sylvia Clayton
published by Faber and Faber
Hardback with dust jacket. Yellow cloth binding with black writing on spine. Rough matte inside pages.
Item in generally good condition but with some signs of wear. Tearing to the edges of dust jacket and remnants of sticky price label, as well as wear to the folds and some minor foxing. Dust jacket has been glued onto the binding. Some areas of cloth binding are rubbed exposing boards beneath. Some pencil marks on inside of binding. Inside pages intact and in good condition.
From the dust jacket:
"On the surface independent, witty, self-sufficient, at 36 an acknowledged success as a professional soprano, Elizabeth Snellman was conscious that her life was built on a precarious foundation of interlocked doubt and compromise: an emotionally dubious relationship with her husband, whose fierce moral commitment had become hopelessly ingrown; with her brother, homosexual and morally ambivalent , on whom she was more dependant than she liked to admit. And deeper still lay a hopeless conviction that she was not so much middle-aged as out-of-date; that she had decided, long ago and subconsciously, to live by avoiding suffering, by ducking risks, by turning away from darkness; that if her existence had ever had a central and pivotal point it had been lost and would never be found again. But there remained binding on her still a certain responsibility - owed primarily to her son - and, isolated in a Catalan hospital, she might begin to discharge it.
Sharp with the astringent wit and compassionate intelligence which marked THE CRYSTAL GAZERS and THE PENINSULA, tightly and absorbingly plotted, TOP C more than fulfils the promise of her earlier work and secures for Sylvia Clayton a distinguished and individual place among the novelists of the sixties."