Elizabeth Bowen

Elizabeth Bowen was an Anglo-Irish novelist and short story writer, notable for her fiction about life in wartime London and her depictions of the Anglo-Irish ascendancy in the early 20th century.


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  1. 1. The Death of the Heart

    "The Death of the Heart" is a novel set in the interwar period, focusing on a sixteen-year-old orphan girl who moves in with her wealthy half-brother and his wife in London. As she navigates the complexities of her new social environment, she develops a crush on a friend of the family, leading to a series of misunderstandings and betrayals. The novel explores themes of innocence, love, betrayal, and the harsh realities of adulthood.

    The 422nd Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. The Heat of the Day

    Set in London during World War II, "The Heat of the Day" is a story about a love triangle between Stella Rodney, her lover Robert Kelway, and Harrison, a man who claims to be an intelligence agent. Harrison informs Stella that Robert is selling secrets to the enemy, and in exchange for his silence, he wants Stella all to himself. The novel explores themes of trust, deceit, and the complexities of love against the backdrop of a city under siege.

    The 1277th Greatest Book of All Time
  3. 3. Eva Trout

    "Eva Trout" is a novel about a young, wealthy woman who struggles to find her place in society and understand her own identity. She leaves England to live in France, where she adopts a deaf-mute child in an attempt to avoid loneliness. The book explores themes of isolation, communication, and the effects of wealth on personal relationships. The protagonist's eccentric and often impulsive behavior leads to a tragic climax, shedding light on the consequences of her actions and decisions.

    The 2018th Greatest Book of All Time
  4. 4. To the North

    The novel follows the life of a young woman who, after the death of her husband, moves to London and falls in love with her sister-in-law's lover. The narrative dives deep into the complexities of human relationships and emotions, exploring themes of love, betrayal, and loss. As the protagonist navigates her way through grief and fresh love, the readers are offered a profound exploration of her internal struggles, painting a vivid picture of her emotional journey.

    The 2443rd Greatest Book of All Time
  5. 5. The Last September

    This novel is set in Ireland during the 1920s, against the backdrop of the Irish War of Independence. It centers around the lives of the Anglo-Irish aristocracy, focusing on the Naylor family who reside in a big country house in County Cork. The story captures the end of an era, as the political upheaval outside threatens the insulated, decaying world of the Anglo-Irish gentry. Through the eyes of Lois Farquar, a young woman staying with her relatives, the Naylors, the narrative explores themes of identity, love, and the painful transition from the security of adolescence to the uncertainties of adulthood, all while the established social order around them is crumbling.

    The 4151st Greatest Book of All Time
  6. 6. The Little Girls

    The novel delves into the complexities of memory and the impact of the past on the present as it follows the story of three women who reunite after decades apart. Once childhood friends, they are brought together by a shared history and a mysterious charm bracelet that triggers a flood of long-buried memories. As they confront the truths and illusions of their shared past, the narrative weaves through their individual perspectives, revealing the ways in which their early experiences have shaped their lives. The reunion forces them to reconcile with the innocence and traumas of their youth, ultimately leading to a poignant exploration of friendship, time, and the elusive nature of memory.

    The 5947th Greatest Book of All Time
  7. 7. Collected Stories

    "Collected Stories" is an anthology that showcases the breadth and depth of a renowned 20th-century writer's short fiction work. The collection brings together a wide array of narratives, each marked by the author's keen observation, psychological insight, and subtle wit. Set against the backdrop of the British Isles and Europe, the stories often explore themes of love, betrayal, and the nuances of social interactions amidst the changing world of the early to mid-1900s. The author's precise prose and vivid characterizations offer readers a window into the complexities of human relationships and the poignant moments that can define a life.

    The 8130th Greatest Book of All Time