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“Tense, touching, human, dire, and funny” (Elizabeth Bowen): a Regency novel like none before or since.

About The Author

Margaret Kennedy (1896–1967) found popular acclaim before the age of thirty with her 1924 novel The Constant Nymph. It sold copies in the millions and spawned no fewer than three screen adaptations. One of the most successful and prolific British novelists of the twentieth century, she also produced literary criticism, plays, screenplays, and a biography of Jane Austen.

Product Details

  • Publisher: McNally Editions (March 8, 2022)
  • Length: 288 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781946022363

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Raves and Reviews

"It is hard not to see Troy Chimneys as something as a rebuttal to the civilized romance of Pride and Prejudice . . . The bite of sadness at the end of this surprising novel leaves a deeper gash than one expects from a book of such impeccable manners . . . Truly original."

– Sam Sacks, Wall Street Journal

Troy Chimneys is a disconcerting novel . . . If [its manner] marries uneasily with the tradition of the English novel as practised halfway through the twentieth century, then it must be allowed that Margaret Kennedy cannot be relied upon to give her readers what they think they have been led to expect. She is disconcerting in her preoccupa- tions, disconcerting in her methods, and technically more learned and experimental than many of her successors.”

– Anita Brookner

“It was light-touch satire, and wry and incisive social observation, that formed the common threads that bind Kennedy’s novels together . . . [She] combined imagina- tion, observation and a powerful flair for human psychol- ogy to create real, walking, talking individuals whose choices had profound, often disastrous, repercussions that often spread far beyond their social spheres.”

– Serena Mackesy

“An extremely accomplished re-creation of the period. Its texture has the richness that comes from a structure that is both elaborate and distinct . . . Another contrast in the work is the polished simplicity which indicates such a high degree of technical skill and the imaginative strangeness with which the picture is tinted. The felicities are numerous, now bold like landscape, now subtle as the variations of light.”

– Elizabeth Jenkins, The Guardian

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