Last week I bought this book in an Oxfam bookshop. I've read the contents before because I have Elizabeth Taylor's book of complete short stories. (The British author NOT the actress.) She is one of my favourite writers, both her short stories and her novels. Many authors can write one or the other form well, but not both. That's not the case with Elizabeth Taylor, long or short they are all great. I'm pleased with my new purchase, eleven stories and just over two hundred pages, it is easy in the hand and the cover suits the writing well, very English, gentle and domestic.
Detail from, 'Love in the Mist' by Nancy Sharp.
The complete book of stories is cumbersome but it has an introduction by Elizabeth Taylor's daughter, Joanna Kingham, which provides some delightful background information. She tells us that many of the stories have an autobiographical element. The title story of my new purchase, 'The Devastating Boys', is of two little boys who come for a fortnights holiday. It is funny and bitter-sweet and I was thrilled to learn that it was a true story and that the boys stayed in touch with Mr Taylor for the rest of his life.
Thanks to Diane at Bibliophile by the sea for hosting Tuesday Intros. Take a look at the books that are being suggested.