Page extent: 96
ISBN: 9781849434423
Binding: PaperBack

Before the Party

Rodney Ackland


Based on a short story by Somerset Maugham, Before The Party tells the story of a family attempting to return to normal in the wake of the Second World War. With daughter Laura returned from Africa, widowed but not alone, they prepare for the latest social gathering.  Amidst the never-ending whirl of hats and dresses and below stairs skirmishes, Laura reveals a shocking secret that threatens to ruin more than one party on the climb to social success.

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ISBN13 9781849434423
Binding PaperBack
Page Extent 96



‘Sheer spiky bliss…[a] forgotten 1949 gem by Rodney Ackland.’ starstarstarstarstar Independent 

‘Rodney Ackland’s bitingly funny 1949 adaptation of a 1926 short-story by Somerset Maugham fleshes out its wry source in a theatrically entertaining way and ferrets out its nutritious dramatic meat too.’ Daily Telegraph

‘[Before the Party] makes a strong case for Rodney Ackland to be next in line for the revival treatment…sparkling’ Evening Standard

‘a subtle evisceration of upper-middle-class manners’ Arts Desk

‘gripping, blackly comic’ Financial Times

‘a perfect example of Ackland's singular craftsmanship… Ackland holds up a mirror to the hypocrisy and casual callousness of the middle classes’ Daily Express