Page extent: 90
ISBN: 9781840022544
Binding: PaperBack

Eden End

J B Priestley

PaperBack (13 Oct 2001)

Stella Kirby spent nine years running away; leaving home to find her freedom as an actress. Now she has decided that the only role left to play is the prodigal daughter returned, hoping to rediscover herself amongst the familiar surroundings of her childhood home, Eden End.

Priestley has a special tenderness for Eden End and for it he created some of his most fragile, gentle characters. The stoical Dr Kirby, his younger son Wilfred, desperate to prove himself a man of the world, and Lilian, the daughter who stayed at home, are a sharply observed and instantly recognisable family, with all its dreams and disappointments.

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ISBN13 9781840022544
Binding PaperBack
Page Extent 90


“Melancholy, mirth and shades of melodrama too… This is Priestley in a Chekhovian key – finding sadness in the prospect of time passing, but rooting out laughter too.” – The Daily Telegraph

Eden End gently interrogates the elusive search for happiness, the hash we so often make of our lives, and the way history laughs at us.” – The Guardian

Eden End suspends its characters in Chekhovian stasis rather than rocking us with event. It is truthful, intriguing, slow. Our reward comes in a gripping, amusing second half.” – The Times