Find a book

A Book a Month

We can send a book a month for six or twelve months - the perfect gift. More »

Every Eye

by Isobel English
Persephone book no:

17 18 19


Order This Book

The Far Cry
A Well Full of Leaves
Regular price £14.00
In Stock
£0.00 Unit price per


PREFACE BY NEVILLE BRAYBROOKE

144pp
ISBN 9781903155066


Isobel English, the pseudonym of June Braybrooke (1920-94), wrote little, but what she published was of outstanding quality. 'Sometimes, but not often, a novel comes along which makes the rest of what one has to review seem commonplace. Such a novel is Every Eye,' John Betjeman said in the Daily Telegraph on its first publication in 1956.

An unusual and telling example of the 1950s modernist novel, moreover one with a spiritual bent, Every Eye is about a girl growing up to what could have been unhappiness but for her marriage to a carefree young(er) man. Her unsympathetic family have made her feel awkward about every aspect of life, and she has also felt like an outsider due to having a squint. But she manages to make a career by teaching the piano and then, on holiday in France, meets her soon-to-be husband. As she travels south by train to Ibiza with him she surveys her past life and unravels a mystery. Hence The Tablet's comment: 'This novel is a marvellous discovery. You will want to reread it immediately in the light of its astonishing final paragraph.'

Muriel Spark wrote: 'The late Isobel English was an exceptionally talented young novelist of the mid-1950s. Every Eye is one of her most successful and sensitively written books, a romantic yet unsentimental story of a young woman's intricate relationships of family and love, intensely evocative of the period, remarkable in its observations of place and character.' 

Endpaper

The fabric is from the 1956 'Iberia' range; the shapes are an image of a rocky landscape, while the bright yellow makes an implicit contrast with the grey of England.

Picture Caption

'Ibiza Landscape' by Edward Wolfe, 1953


Read reviews about all Persephone books
Read blogs about all Persephone books

Categories: Abroad Love Story Mothers Young Love

Back to top