Frederica

4 books in series
3.5 out of 5 stars 43 ratings

The Virgin in the Garden Publisher's Summary

In 1953, at an isolated boys’ school in the Yorkshire moors, is a young teacher, Alexander Wedderburn, whose imagination had been captured by the Queen Elizabeth of Shakespeare and Spenser and who has written an historical verse play about her. Now, suddenly, his play has been taken up by a wealthy patron of the arts who envisions its production on the most magnificent scale, for it is to be the climax of a local festival honoring the new Queen Elizabeth.

The novel holds us in suspense as it carries us to the great event of the play itself - in its midsummer-night’s atmosphere of dream, of magic, of transforming revelry - that will alter forever the course of all the characters’ lives.

A. S. Byatt was educated at York and at Newham College, Cambridge. She taught at the Central School of Art and Design and was senior lecturer in English at University College, London, before becoming a full-time writer in 1983. She is a distinguished critic and reviewer as well as a novelist.

©1978 A. S. Byatt (P)1993 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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  • Book 1

    • The Virgin in the Garden

    • By: A. S. Byatt
    • Narrated by: Wanda McCaddon
    • Length: 20 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 16

    In 1953, at an isolated boys’ school in the Yorkshire moors, is a young teacher, Alexander Wedderburn, whose imagination had been captured by the Queen Elizabeth of Shakespeare and Spenser and who has written an historical verse play about her. Now, suddenly, his play has been taken up by a wealthy patron of the arts who envisions its production on the most magnificent scale, for it is to be the climax of a local festival honoring the new Queen Elizabeth.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Not worth a credit or buying

    • By Patricia D. on 04-15-18

    Regular price: $23.07

  • Book 2

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  • Book 3

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  • Book 4

    • A Whistling Woman

    • By: A. S. Byatt
    • Narrated by: Pamela Garelick
    • Length: 20 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 25
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 14

    In this intoxicating novel, Frederica falls almost by accident into a career in television in London, while tumultuous events in her home county of Yorkshire threaten to change her life and those of the people she loves.

    Through the author's wayward, lovingly drawn characters and breathtaking twists of plot, she illuminates the effervescence of the 1960s, both its excitements and its dangers, as no one has done before.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • I couldn't force myself to finish

    • By Marie on 09-10-06

    Regular price: $31.47