TOMORROW (1991, 2000, 2018)
It is 1960. Elizabeth Danziger, in response to a vow made with her lover before the war, makes her annual trip to the Baltic island of Mon in the hope that he has survived to keep his promise.
‘Winningly written in unshowy but graceful prose, full of precise observations and unexpected lines. This is a melancholy, compelling book with a surprise ending’ Kate Kellaway, OBSERVER
‘Leaves the reader reeling, from a combination of admiration and outrage and perplexity that only a very fine quality of writing can provoke’ Alanna Hopkin, FINANCIAL TIMES
‘Elisabeth Russell Taylor writes with an artist’s eyes … I have rarely been so enraptured by a book’s dignity and discernment’ David Benedictus,
‘A small masterpiece. In this chilling tale of the failure of romantic love, the writing is precise, tight-knit, beautifully paced and never in any spurious sense romantic’ Isabel Quigly, FINANCIAL TIMES
‘ERT’s descriptions of Paris – the tastes, sights, and smells – saturate this novel with sensuality and soften with reflective lyricism her crisp, brisk prose’ Stephanie Cross, DAILY TELEGRAPH
MOTHER COUNTRY (1992, 2004)
Antonia reflects on her traumatic childhood and the deforming effects of violence and jealousy, in a novel about the lethal quality of family life: the personal becomes political.
‘ERT is much admired by other writers, and her meditation on a “family holocaust”, on bonding and bondage, power and impotence is made all the more disturbing by her reflective, lyrical prose’ TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT
‘This is a novel about the totalitarian psyche, and a reminder that true authoritarianism rarely needs secret police forces and mighty armies to make its presence felt’ D.J. Taylor
‘ERT writes polished, sensuous and poetic prose, brilliantly derived from the language of gastronomy’ Philippa Freshman, JEWISH CHRONICLE
‘A beautifully written disjointed dream’ Molly Brown, EVERYWOMAN
DIVIDE AND RULE (1989)
The chasms between thought and feeling, rich and poor, Right and Left are shown in the disintegration in the personality of an academic who recognises that her personal life does not reflect the moral principles of her public life.
‘A thoughtful attempt to embody political debate in dramatic action’ Judy Cooke, GUARDIAN
SWANN SONG (1988)
It is 1971, the centenary of Proust’s birth, and Auriol is making a documentary film for the BBC. The biographer of Sabbatai Sevi, the false Messiah, discloses to an astonished audience the role of Sabbatianism and redemption through evil in Proust’s life …
‘A fascinating first novel. What intrigues most is Miss Taylor’s uncomfortably acute perception into childhood unhappiness, embarrassment, Jewishness, Oxford, and the insecurity that draws women to homosexual men … She writes brilliantly’ Elaine Feinstein, THE TIMES
‘The author’s feelings for places, griefs and repercussions are beautifully expressed’ Christopher Wordsworth, GUARDIAN