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Mixed Blessings: A Novel

Mixed Blessings: A Novel

Peter Somerville-Large

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‘A splendid book, which I greatly enjoyed, page after page.’  William Trevor

In Peter Somerville-Large's elegant and scathingly witty novel, Paul Blake-Willoughby, the only child of a mixed marriage, is brought up on an Irish country estate by a Catholic soldier father and an eccentric Protestant mother.

Against the backdrop of a large crumbling mansion, various factions, which include his Protestant teachers, a wealthy Church of Ireland Bishop and a succession of Catholic priests, war hilariously over his soul. It is a brilliant and extremely funny examination of the topics of snobbery, bigotry and infidelity.

The end of the novel is a cruel surprise, reflecting a lifetime of unresolved problems.

‘Wonderfully evocative detail, smoothly paced, very funny – right up there with William Trevor and Molly Keane in the same Decline and Fall of the Ascendancy genre’ Joseph Hone

‘Outrageous jokes, very elegantly written very funny’ Alannah Hopkins

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Author Peter Somerville-Large
Publisher Somerville Press
Publication date 19 Aug 2012
Format Paperback with flaps
ISBN/EAN 9780956223180

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