Friday, 23 April 2010

Seducers in ecaudor / The heir (Sackville-West) 269

Since enjoying the key Sackville-West novels as part of doing this challenge, I was excited to spot a copy of The Heir in the library the other day. Unfortunately it wasn't a Virago edition, it was published by Hersperus press, but Virago did publish it in an edition with Seducers in ecuador. I haven't been able to get my hands on Seducers yet, but I'm hopeful to eventually - I'm not sure if it has been published anywhere else, so I might have to hope to eventually spot the Virago edition.

The heir was a wonderful novella; it was originally published in a print-run of only 100. It's about a man called Peregrine Chase, who has been waiting for his aunt to die in order to inherit her country house. He intends to sell the estate so that he can live comfortably on the proceeds. However, it doesn't turn out to be so simple, as Chase falls in love with the property, but doesn't realise this until the day of its auction.

The pair of novellas has only been published once by Virago, with the original green cover above.


  1. Sounds like a lovely read. Verity - have you ever visited Sissinghurst - it is a couple of hours away from Oxford but not a million miles, and you can see Vita S-W's writing tower...

    Bon weekend!


  2. I am desperate to go there Hannah!

  3. Sissinghurst is lovely Verity, I also loved the Heir, for me it's the best Vita I've read.

  4. Ah, and I just passed it up the other evening while browsing the local bookshop! Must go back and retrieve it. ;)