Unexplained Laughter

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Harper & Row, 1987 - Fiction - 155 pages
8 Reviews
In this short, wickedly funny and highly original novel, damnation, mayhem, and mysterious laughter abound from the moment Lydia, a flamboyant journalist, arrives at her Welsh country cottage to get over a broken love affair.

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User Review  - Hilary Tesh - Goodreads

My first encounter with Alice Thomas Ellis and I loved it. Lydia's caustic observations of her Welsh neighbours run alongside those of the feral Angharad who watches and listens secretly. Lydia voices ... Read full review

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User Review  - Imo - Goodreads

I loved reading this book, The character development was really interesting , I would have liked to have a bit more description of people and surroundings and it left me wanting to know more. It felt like she only just scraped the surface with the story of the villagers Read full review

Contents

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Section 2
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Section 3
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About the author (1987)

Alice Thomas Ellis (also writes as Anna Margaret Haycraft), is a novelist and columnist. She was born in Liverpool, England in 1932. She attended Bangor Grammar School and the Liverpool School of Art. Ellis wrote a weekly column for the Spectator from 1985 to 1989 and for the Catholic Herald from 1990 to 1996. She co-wrote two books on juvenile delinquency with psychiatrist Tom Pitt-Atkins. Ellis also wrote A Welsh Childhood, a book recounting the history of Wales and featuring the photographs of Patrick Sutherland. Ellis has written several novels beginning with The Sin Eater in 1977. The novel won the Welsh Arts Council Award. Other novels include Unexplained Laughter which won the Yorkshire Post Novel of the Year in 1985 and The Inn at the End of the World which was the winner of the Writer's Guild Award for Best Fiction in 1991. Another novel, The 27th Kingdom, received a Booker Prize Nomination in 1982. She was also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature from 1999 until her death in 2005, due to lung cancer.

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