Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont

Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont

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Shortlisted for the Booker Prize

A humorous and compassionate look at friendship between an old woman and a young man.

On a rainy Sunday in January, the recently widowed Mrs Palfrey arrives at the Claremont Hotel where she will spend her remaining days. Her fellow residents are magnificently eccentric and endlessly curious, living off crumbs of affection and snippets of gossip. Together, upper lips stiffened, they fight off their twin enemies: boredom and the Grim Reaper.

Then one day Mrs Palfrey strikes up an unlikely friendship with an impoverished young writer, Ludo, who sees her as inspiration for his novel.

Publisher: Virago, 1971
ISBN: 9781844083213
Branch Call Number: APB TAYL


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Jun 19, 2016

Sometimes family can be less compassionate than a stranger : sometimes parents can be fairly obnoxious to their own children.

May 23, 2013

Heartbreaking and beautiful. A reminder that age doesn't mean the end of your need for community and family.

Apr 03, 2011

This has to be the most accurate, tender portrayal of ageing ever written. Shortlisted Booker Prize 1971.

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