*A touching and funny novel about a once-beautiful woman who, approaching her fiftieth birthday, realises she is no longer the belle of the ball.
A greatly admired literary figure of her time, Elizabeth von Arnim was born in 1866 and brought up in England. She spent later years in Switzerland, the French Riviera and America, where she died in 1941.
'A charming mid-life crisis novel, written with ... wit and levity. Von Arnim must be one of Virago's most rewarding Classic finds, as her perception is so accurate and her prose so tight and funny' Daily Mail *'All the verve of von Arnim at her best' Sunday Telegraph