A sudden death in the family delivers Julia Parry a box of love letters. Dusty with age, they tell the story of an illicit affair between the brilliant twentieth-century novelist Elizabeth Bowen and a young academic called Humphry House – Julia’s grandfather.
The Shadowy Third exposes the affair and its impact by following the overlapping lives of three very different characters through some of the most dramatic decades of the twentieth century; from the rarefied air of Oxford in the 1930s, to the Anglo-Irish Big House, to the last days of Empire in India and on into the Second World War.
At boarding school in the late Sixties we had as our English teacher a Miss J. H. B. Jones. Coaxing us self-absorbed teenagers through the A-level syllabus she was diffident, patient and unassuming,...Read more