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A Little Tea, a Little Chat : Text Classics - Christina Stead

A Little Tea, a Little Chat

Text Classics

Paperback Published: 3rd October 2016
ISBN: 9781925355727
Number Of Pages: 320

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Ever since his early manhood, since his marriage, he had bought women; most had been bargains and most had made delivery at once. He never paid in advance- 'I got no time for futures in women'.

New York, on the cusp of World War II. Robert Grant, a middle-aged businessman, lives life by his own rules. His chief hobbies are moneymaking and seduction; he is always on the hunt for the next woman to beguile and betray. That is, until he meets his match- Barbara, the 'blondine', a woman he cannot best.

A sardonic commentary on sexual relations and war as potent as when it was first published in 1948, A Little Tea, a Little Chat holds up a mirror to the corruption and cravenness of our late-capitalist moment.

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`Stead is of that category of fiction writer who restores to us the entire world, in its infinite complexity and inexorable bitterness, and never asks if the reader wishes to be so furiously enlightened and instructed, but takes it for granted that this is the function of fiction.' -- Angela Carter * London Review of Books *
`I cannot see how anyone can deny Miss Stead's position as the most extraordinary woman novelist produced by the English-speaking race since Virginia Woolf.' * New Yorker *
`A sprawling character study...Callous, comical, loathsome, and tiresome, Grant also, as the David Malouf introduction notes, can sometimes stir sympathy thanks to Stead's artistry.' * Kirkus reviews, starred review *

ISBN: 9781925355727
ISBN-10: 1925355721
Series: Text Classics
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 3rd October 2016
Publisher: Text Publishing Co
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 13.1  x 4.1
Weight (kg): 0.36

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Christina Stead

About the Author


Christina Stead (1902-1983) was an Australian novelist and short-story writer acclaimed for her satirical wit and psychological penetration. She was the author of fifteen novels and several volumes of short stories.

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