Mr Golightly's Holiday

A Novel

Salley Vickers

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1. holiday: a period in which a break is taken from work or studies for rest, travel, or recreation. [literally: holy day]

Many years ago, Mr. Golightly wrote a work of dramatic fiction that grew to be an astonishing international bestseller. But his reputation is on the decline and he finds himself badly out of touch with the modern world. He decides to take a holiday and comes to the historic village of Great Calne, hoping to use the opportunity to bring his great work up to date. But he soon finds that events take over his plans and that the themes he has written on are being strangely replicated in the lives of the villagers around him.

As he comes to know his neighbors better, Mr. Golightly begins to examine his attitude toward love and to ponder the terrible catastrophe of his only son's death. And we begin to learn the true, and extraordinary, identity of Mr. Golightly and the nature of the secret sorrow that haunts him and links him to his new friends.

Mysterious, light of touch, witty, and profound, Mr Golightly's Holiday confirms Salley Vickers's reputation as a writer of "fiction that entertains even as it considers serious questions of sin and redemption, love and loss" (Francine Prose, People).

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MR. GOLIGHTLY'S HOLIDAY
MARCH1ONE AFTERNOON IN MID MARCH, WHEN THE green-white snowdrops had blown ragged under the tangled hawthorn hedges, the pale constellations of primroses had ceased to be a novelty, and the more robust, sun-reflecting daffodils were in their heyday, an old half-timbered Traveller van drove into the village of Great Calne. There was, in fact, no other Calne, great or small, in the county of Devon; or if there ever had been, it had long since vanished into the indifferent encroachments of the moor. Great Calne stands at the edge of Dartmoor, one of the ancient tracts of

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"By the time Instances of the Number 3 comes to a satisfying close, it has cleverly and poignantly investigated the guilts, longings, jealousies, fears and unexpected solaces that come with the disruption of a web of secrelty entwined lives...That the novel expresses its characters at both their best and worst, their most selfish and their most soulful, is a blessing in cynical times. It also is a testament to the craftiness and generosity of spirit of the author, whom one hopes to hear from much more."--Misha Berson, The Seattle Times

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Salley Vickers

A former university lecturer in literature, Salley Vickers is a trained analytical psychologist and lectures widely on the connections between literature, psychology, and religion. She is the author of Miss Garnet's Angel and Instances of the Number 3. She lives in London and Bath.

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Mr Golightly's Holiday
A Novel
Salley Vickers

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
January 2005
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ISBN: 9781466811997
ISBN10: 1466811994
368 pages, Includes black-and-white line drawings throughout
$9.99

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January 2005
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ISBN: 9780312423803
ISBN10: 0312423802
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 368 pages, Includes black-and-white line drawings throughout
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