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Girl From The Fiction Department: A Portrait Of Sonia Orwell Mass Market Paperback – Apr 29 2003

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin UK (April 29 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141008172
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141008172
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.3 x 19.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,456,188 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Should be compulsory reading' The Times

About the Author

Hilary Spurling was born in 1940. She is the author of numerous biographies, including Ivy When Young: The Early Life of Ivy Compton-Burnett 1884-1919; Paul Scott: A Life; a two-volume biography of Matisse, The Unknown Matisse and Matisse the Master (also published in the abridged single-volume Matisse: The Life); and Burying the Bones. She won the Rose Mary Crawshay Prize and the Duff Cooper Prize for Ivy When Young, the Whitbread Book of the Year Award for Matisse the Master, and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Burying the Bones. She grew up in Bristol and studied at the University of Oxford. From 1964 to 1970 she was theatre critic and literary editor of the Spectator, and since then she has been a regular book reviewer for the Observer and the Daily Telegraph. She lives in London with her husband, the playwright John Spurling, with whom she has three children. Her new book, Anthony Powell, will be published by Hamish Hamilton in October 2016.

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November 6, 2003
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Mel Hill
5.0 out of 5 starsinteresting life of Sonia Brownell Orwell who knew all the interesting people in London from WWI to 1980
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4.0 out of 5 starsA satisfying bio about an eccentric literary figure
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3.0 out of 5 starsDid she do wrong by him, or just the reverse? An inquiry
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