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A Little Stranger (Hardcover, New edition): Candia McWilliam

A Little Stranger (Hardcover, New edition)

Candia McWilliam

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By the English author of A Case of Knives (1988), a more subtle bit of nasty in which the narrator, a pregnant mother of a small boy, discovers - almost too late - some lethal attributes of her ever-so-efficient, country-bred nanny. Daisy, mistress of an estate in one of England's gilded counties, wife of London eminence Solomon (a jaunty shooting-and-club sort), has hired a nanny for young son John. Margaret Pride, pretty, with excellent references, was quite obviously not one to come forth in an interview with chatter or confidences. But that seemed fine: "I had always believed that simple people [read ordinary] have more hope of virtue." Margaret wears a particularly pungent talc and is very clean; she is also no siren: "Her legs ended in feet; there were no ankles." Little John adores the nanny, although Daisy notes that Margaret's taste in toys and stories runs to "whimsy and dinkiness." However, as one of Daisy's women friends comments (nannies are a constant source of amusing luncheon talk): "In the end they usually go and the children love us and forget them." Meanwhile, Daisy lolls away the days and expands, while Margaret, oddly, begins to lose weight. "Pretty Margaret," murmurs John at bedtime, after greeting Mummy with "fat, wicked queen." Dire things are about to happen - and do - but the final crisis (with Margaret being frogmarched off) is all too briefly, off-handedly noted. A new twist to the Sinister Nanny plot - amusingly narrated in an archly confiding drawl - but lacking the chill of suspense. (Kirkus Reviews)
The arrival of a nanny for the son of Daisy and Solomon begins this subtle novel of domestic horror. Daisy's existence is soon to become the nightmare of a woman who allows herself to be pushed to the limit, even when that means the loss of her home, her husband, her children and even her life.


Imprint: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Release date: June 1993
Authors: Candia McWilliam
Dimensions: 160 x 113 x 19mm (L x W x T)
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 192
Edition: New edition
ISBN-13: 978-0-7475-1601-9
Categories: Books > Fiction > General & literary fiction > Modern fiction
Books > Fiction > Genre fiction > Horror & ghost stories
LSN: 0-7475-1601-4
Barcode: 9780747516019

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