Annal: 1991 Whitbread Book Award for Novel

Results of the Whitbread Book Award in the year 1991.

Book:The Queen Tambourine

The Queen Tambourine

Jane Gardam

Eliza Peabody is one of those dangerously blameless women who believes she has God in her pocket. She is too enthusiastic; she talks too much. Her concern for the welfare of her wealthySouth London neighbours extends to ingenuous well-meaning notes of unsolicited adviceunder the door. It is just such a one-sided correspondence that heralds Eliza’s undoing. Did her letter have something to do with the woman’s abrupt disappearance ? Why will no-one else speak of her? And why the watchful, pitying looks and embarassment that now greet her?

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