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  • A book I read only some years ago, and was astonished by its modernity, its formidable intelligence and its punk sensibility, was The Last September by Elizabeth Bowen

    Sebastian Barry, Guardian
  • A strongly autobiographical portrait of a lost class marking out its final moments - every garden party, every house guest and every flirtation is touched by a sense of impending extinction

  • When I read [The Last September] I was knocked out by the sheer magnificence of her writing, the cinematic possibilities, and her obsession with the minutiae and the detail of life... I was totally gripped by the story

    Glasgow Herald
  • Posterity will one day return to Miss Bowen's novels as a repository of clues to the inner life of our times

    Sunday Telegraph
  • A combination of social comedy and private tragedy...brilliant description of Anglo-Irish life at the troublesome time of 1920

    Times Literary Supplement

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