The fleet had come in and up at the market the floor was deep with fish, blue and black-barred, a mass of dinted silver, crimson-eyed.
Thanks to Guy Savage of His Futile Preoccupations for putting us on to this wonderful book.Taylor gradually deepens it from a graceful period vignette into a masterpiece of durable significance, says Peter Kemp in the introduction, and he’s absolutely right. Dislocated lives in post-war England, set in a traditional, decaying seaside village (Waxworks museum and all): pretty, idle Tory, becalmed without a man, Beth the writer, constructing lurid, artificial emotions while unaware of the emotions of those closest to her, retired Navy officer Bertram drifting, dabbling in others’ lives, desperate young war widow Lily Wilson, and the magnificently human monster Mrs Bracey, paralysed and confined to one room but avid for life. Very highly recommended. Here’s Guy’s review: