If the title sounds cliché, never mind that. There are all sorts of intrigues in this story. One of the intrigues is the novel, itself. For some reason it was never published in book form, and, therefore, it could be considered a ‘lost’ novel of Margery Sharp. How exciting is that?
‘It was a door Ruskin could have devoted a whole chapter to.’ It’s difficult to write a review for a book that: a.) is from a favorite and respected author, but far from her best work b.) is disliked by almost everyone who has read it In Pious Memory is just such a novel. It…
“I know how Britannia Mews started. I was walking through a semi-slum stable that was being converted into these elegant little town cottages, and I thought, ‘What a history that place has had since the day it was built! —carriages and horses, then desolation, now cocktail parties and theatre clubs.” Margery Sharp
The Faithful Servants is very much a book for the present, if you enjoy serialized dramas of the British class divide such as Upstairs Downstairs, or Downton Abbey. The novel presents another journey—a zesty one la Margery—through the ravages of war and social change, from the Edwardian era to the end of the second World War.