This Old Thing? The Sea Change

Welcome back to This Old Thing! It's been awhile. This Old Thing? is where I feature an older book, maybe not even a well known book, that I've picked up.

Today's book is The Sea Change by Elizabeth Jane Howard.
Emmanuel is a famous playwright. Lillian is his sickly and embittered wife. They have never fully buried the memory of their dead daughter, Sarah. Rich but discontented, they flit from capital to capital in the company of their hero-worshipping young manager-nomads on the international air-lines.

Then Alberta, straight from an English vicarage and the pages of Jane Austen, is appointed as Emmanuel's secretary. This prim and utterly delightful figure works on the 'family' like milk on a disordered stomach. One by one the leopards change their spots.
Sounds pretty good. I've never read anything by her before, have you? I'm sure I'll get to it one of these days. It was originally published in 1959 but this copy is a 1976 version. The cover looks like something from the 70s. I don't know why but the model reminds me of Lady Gaga. Hopefully it's not a Bad Romance.

To the shelf it goes!


  1. Hah! I totally see the Lady Gaga connection. Sounds interesting.

  2. I see you've gotten a fancy new back drop. Both the author and the book are new to me.

  3. Col- Glad it's not just me.

    Kathy- Yes, I do! I thought I'd brighten things up a bit.

  4. I have a couple of hers on my shelves as well, but haven't ventured forth yet. Seems promising though!


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