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After the Party by Cressida Connolly

After the Party

Cressida Connolly

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2 reviews

Imprint: Viking
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publication date: 7 Sep 2018
ISBN: 9780241327739

'I always wanted to be friends with both my sisters. Perhaps that was the source, really, of all the troubles of my life...'

  • The TimesBook of the Year
4 stars out of 5
Kate Saunders
2 Jun 2018

"wonderful, tragicomic novel"

...wonderful, tragicomic novel... Connolly’s research is immaculate, and the experiences of these ladylike political prisoners are well imagined. She has too much taste to point out that these prisoners, in the fascist state of their dreams, would either have been shot or sent to a concentration camp. In Britain they were locked up, but allowed to keep their fur coats. 


4 stars out of 5
Mika Ross-Southall
28 Jul 2018

"Oswald Mosley, anti-Semitism, sisterhood and a spell in Holloway prison are all elements in Connolly’s chilling, thought-provoking new novel"

The book’s defining feature is its subtle way of showing how Phyllis becomes subsumed into this sinister world. In the words of one of her friends, she is ‘the nicest woman in England’ — unlike Patricia, a snob with ‘a double string of heavy pearls at her throat’, or the dinner-party guest who drunkenly coaxes a pig on to his roof and laughs when it falls off (‘the head had broken right open, like a coconut at a funfair’)...Connolly conveys the pathos of Phyllis’s situation but skilfully leaves us with a reminder that carelessness is not too remote from complicity.