Tea At Four O'Clock

Tea At Four O Clock For years Laura has nursed her elder sister and deferred to her wishes Mildred has just died but her shadow seems to dominate the house Laura looks back on her life recalling the father she disliked
  • Title: Tea At Four O'Clock
  • Author: Janet McNeill Janet Madden-Simpson
  • ISBN: 9780860688440
  • Page: 470
  • Format: Paperback
  • Tea At Four O'Clock
    For years Laura has nursed her elder sister and deferred to her wishes Mildred has just died, but her shadow seems to dominate the house Laura looks back on her life, recalling the father she disliked and feared, whose reign gave way to Mildred s tyranny, and her brother George, who left the house twenty years earlier This poignant novel, first published in 1956, lays bFor years Laura has nursed her elder sister and deferred to her wishes Mildred has just died, but her shadow seems to dominate the house Laura looks back on her life, recalling the father she disliked and feared, whose reign gave way to Mildred s tyranny, and her brother George, who left the house twenty years earlier This poignant novel, first published in 1956, lays bare that difficult process by which Laura reclaims her past and discovers the truth about her family.
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  • Janet McNeill Janet Madden-Simpson

    Janet McNeill was born in Dublin in 1907 and spent many years in Northern Ireland Author of than 20 children s books, as well as adult novels, plays, and two opera libretti, she was best known for her children s comic fantasy series My Friend Specs McCann.

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  • The Percival family mansion Marathon , Hollywood Road, East Belfast 3 57 PM The tea is ready Laura Percival is standing in front of the closed door, carrying a tray Her hands are shaking The clock is striking four She is knocking at the door and entering the roomThis scene is repeated a few times in Tea at Four O Clock 1956 by Janet McNeill Nothing special at first sight but when you get to know the Percivals, you will find the image really significant.I finished this book yesterday and now I am [...]


  • A gem of a novel.So heartbreakingly sad.Laura s duty to her family looking after her older sister Mildred.She reflects on her life and family lies.Laura attempts to reclaim her life.At times humorous and hard to put down.There was a twist at the end.Adorable and one to savour.


  • Virago editions flourished in the 1980 s, and I wasn t sure they were still around I discovered that they are virago authors but like many small presses they seem to have been subsumed by Little Brown Nonetheless, it is thanks to Virago that many forgotten women writers and their work was brought back into print.Tea At Four O Clock was first published in 1956 and this edition in 1988 It is the story of Laura Percival, youngest daughter, and middle child of a staunch Protestant Belfast family, wh [...]


  • Janet McNeill is a writer recently republished by Turnpike Press, whose aim is to rediscover forgotten Northern Irish writers, but I bought this book on the recommendation of Glenn Patterson via the Literary Belfast YouTube feed.Originally published in 1956, the book begins with the funeral of Mildred Percival, eldest daughter of a deceased linen mill owner, in the grand but stuffy setting of Marathon, the grand family home situated on the Holywood Road in East Belfast lt quickly becomes clear t [...]


  • Didn t think I was going to enjoy this one, but although dated it was not a difficult read and I enjoyed it at times Sad story of a wasted life and bitter relationships.



  • First published in 1956, Tea at Four O Clock is a brilliant but desperately sad story of familial obligations, ulterior motives and long held guilt, all set within the middle class Protestant community of Belfast in the 1950s It is the first of Janet McNeill s novels that I have read, but on the strength of this I will definitely be seeking out of her work particularly her final novel, The Small Widow, which is still in print.Tea at Four O Clock centres on Laura, the youngest daughter and middl [...]


  • Tea at Four o clock is a psychologically astute novel of family tyranny and dominance, the title deliberately misleading with its connotations of cosiness Set in the author s native Belfast it is the story of a woman s cautious attempt to reclaim the life she sacrificed to her exacting family.Now middle aged, Laura Percival has spent her life at the Percival family mansion Marathon, in thrall to first her father, and later her elder sister Mildred Laura and Mildred s brother George, having incur [...]


  • I loved this book, even though my heart broke for Laura Well written with great characters and insight into family dynamics I couldn t put it down.


  • This is the first time I have read a classic albeit a modern one that I have actually been able to finish and really rather enjoy in places.The story revolves around a rather down trodden woman who finds herself at a loss of what to do once the sister she is caring for dies The people around her and some older faces come out of the woodwork with their own agendas It left me feeling rather sad for Laura.


  • Well, how utterly sad and tragic I was passed this book by a friend, and took one look thinking, this one is not for me, but I gave it a bash anyway, and loved it Just goes to show, you can t always judge a book by its cover


  • A real gem of a novel Wonderful portrayal of 1950s Belfast life, suppressed desire, and the destruction of one middle aged woman s life due to an overbearing older sister Great psychological depth and knowledge of human nature Loved it


  • Laura is in her forties, and her life has been dominated by the controlling older sister with whom she lived in their large old family home on the edge of Belfast Now Mildred is dead, and Laura is free or is she Three people are competing to take over her life her sister s friend Miss Parks, the family solicitor Mr McAlister, and Laura s long lost brother George, the black sheep of the family And Laura has a history of her own that nobody but Mildred ever knew Has her freedom come too late Set i [...]


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