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The People on Privilege Hill

UK Publisher: Random House

Jane Gardam’s delightful short stories range from the Lake District to Dorset; from Wimbledon, where an old Victorian mansion has been converted into a home for unmarried mothers, to wartime London, where a hospital is the scene of a job interview in the middle of the Blitz.

Two of the stories are ghost stories; and fans of Gardam’s most recent novel, the bestselling OLD FILTH will be overjoyed to encounter Filth himself and his ancient enemy and sparring partner, Veneering, among the umbrellas at a luncheon party on a soaking wet day.

Jane Gardam is a writer at the height of her powers, well-known for her caustic wit, free-wheeling imagination, love of humanity and wicked powers of observation – and for the hint of the bizarre and the surreal that she brings to her fiction. Her new collection of short stories is a delicious treat.

Jane Gardam's first novel for adults, God on the Rocks, set in the 1930s, was adapted for television in 1992. It...