The Snow Ball

11.99

First published in 1964, ‘The Snow Ball’ is arguably Brigid Brophy’s most brilliant fictional performance, consummately melding her avid interests in opera, sexuality, and psychology. It is New Year’s Eve in London. The occasion is a costume ball on an 18th-century theme in the grand London residence of Tom and four-times-married Anne. Anna K attends alone, dressed as Donna Anna from Mozart’s Don Giovanni, unhappily preoccupied by her age and appearance and a general distaste for the occasion.

Weight0.18 kg
Dimensions19.8 × 12.9 × 1.3 cm
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Publisher

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Cover

Paperback

Pages

208

Language

English

Edition

Reprint

Dewey

823.914 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K

Description

When Anna is kissed by a mysterious stranger at a masquerade ball, a heady dance of seduction begins …

‘So original and refreshing.’ Hilary Mantel

‘Brilliantly seductive … A witty, sexy, sophisticated treat.’ Sarah Waters

‘Superb … Sheer artistic insolence.’ Iris Murdoch

‘A great novel … A swirling, sumptuous, sensual feast.’ Guardian

‘A feminist remodelling of libertine fervour and passion … Fiction at its finest.’ Eley Williams

London, New Year’s Eve. Snow falls on a Georgian mansion, vibrating with the festivities of a masquerade ball within. Middle-aged divorcee Anna stands alone – until the clock chimes midnight and a mysterious figure kisses her on the mouth. Thus begins a dance of seduction charged by clandestine romances swirling around them, whipping the ball into an frenzy of operatic proportions – until the night climaxes, revealing unease beneath the glitter … A scandalous sensation in 1964, Brigid Brophy’s The Snow Ball is ripe to seduce a new generation of readers.

‘I read it in one sitting … Wonderful!’ Claire-Louise Bennett

‘One of the wittiest British writers of the past half century … A comet in her day. Terry Castle

Additional information

Weight0.18 kg
Dimensions19.8 × 12.9 × 1.3 cm
Author

Publisher

Imprint

Cover

Paperback

Pages

208

Language

English

Edition

Reprint

Dewey

823.914 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K