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TROY CHIMNEYS

Margaret Kennedy

  • Original Title: TROY CHIMNEYS
  • Publication date: December 1953
  • Publisher: MACMILLAN
  • Country: GB
  • 249 print pages
  • Classic

Information

  • Epoch: Historical
  • Time Period: 19th century
  • Location setting: United Kingdom
  • Themes: FAMILY, Family secrets, PEOPLE facing life, Identity crisis, Looking back on one's life, Double identity, Facing failure, SOCIETY DYSFUNCTIONS, Inequality, Power, LOVE / HATE, Amorous urge

Pitch

In the Regency period, the novel follows the double life of a young gentleman and his tragic love story. Miles is a man torn between two personalities - Miles, serious, studious and penniless, and 'Pronto', flirt, political mover and eternal 'extra man'. He longs to dispose of his disreputable alter ego, but that way lies calamity...

Comments

The agent describes it as "a classic set in the Regency period, the closest thing we’ve ever read to Austen."

Margaret Kennedy (1896 - 1967) was an English novelist and playwright. She is best appreciated today for her second novel, THE CONSTANT NYMPH, which she adapted into a highly successful West End play that opened at the New Theatre, with Noël Coward and Edna Best in 1926. It was also successfully filmed in 1928 by Adrian Brunel and Alma Reville, and again in 1933, 1938 (for television), and 1943. THE MIDAS TOUCH (1938) was a Daily Mail book of the month, THE FEAST (1950) a Literary Guild choice in the United States, and TROY CHIMNEYS (1953) the winner of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. Her play ESCAPE ME NEVER (1934), adapting the novel THE FOOL OF THE FAMILY, was also filmed twice.

Summary

A historical novel, set in Austen-era England, exploring issues of identity, love and class.

A Victorian gentleman is forced by illness to entertain himself with the family archive, and he uncovers the Regency-era correspondence and diaries of one Miles Lufton, MP - apparently a black sheep of the family, connected with a scandal long buried. But through the pieced-together artefacts from the past, a fuller picture emerges of a man torn between two personalities - Miles, serious, studious and penniless, and 'Pronto', flirt, political mover and eternal 'extra man'. Miles longs to dispose of his disreputable alter ego, but that way lies calamity...

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  • Author’s biography

    Margaret Kennedy (1896 - 1967) was an English novelist and playwright. She is best appreciated today for her second novel, THE CONSTANT NYMPH, which she adapted into a highly successful West End play that opened at the New Theatre, with Noël Coward and Edna Best in 1926. It was also successfully filmed in 1928 by Adrian Brunel and Alma Reville, and again in 1933, 1938 (for television), and 1943. THE MIDAS TOUCH (1938) was a Daily Mail book of the month, THE FEAST (1950) a Literary Guild choice in the United States, and TROY CHIMNEYS (1953) the winner of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. Her play ESCAPE ME NEVER (1934), adapting the novel THE FOOL OF THE FAMILY, was also filmed twice.