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Ashenden

by Elizabeth Wilhide

A novel about people, a country estate, and living history "The house contains time. Its walls hold stories. Births and deaths, comings and goings, people and events passing through. . . . For now, however, it lies suspended in a kind of emptiness, as if it has fallen asleep or someone has put it under a spell. This silence won't last: can't last. Something will have to be done." When brother and sister Charlie and Ros discover that they have inherited their aunt's grand English country house, they must decide if they should sell it. As they survey the effects of time on the estate's architectural treasures, a narrative spanning two and a half centuries unfolds. We meet those who built the house, lived in it and loved it, worked in it, and those who would subvert it to their own ends. Each chapter is skillfully woven into the others so that the storylines of the upstairs and downstairs characters and their relatives and descendants intertwine to make a rich tapestry. A beautifully written novel full of humor, heart, and poignancy, Ashenden is an evocative portrait of a house that becomes a character as compelling as the people who inhabit it.

Ashenden Park

by Elizabeth Wilhide

Basada en la historia de una mansión real de Inglaterra, Ashenden Park es una novela original y emotiva que recorre más de doscientos años para contarnos la historia de la gente que habitó en ella. Una novela en la que la casa y sus recuerdos son los verdaderos protagonistas. Un buen día de la primavera de 2010, Charlie y Ros descuben que la tía Reggie les ha dejado en herencia una casa, pero no se trata de una casa cualquiera... En ocasiones, las paredes hablan, y eso es lo que ocurre en esta espléndida mansión situada en tierras cercanas a Reading, en Inglaterra. Su voz, que nos llega cabalgando el ruido de tuberías viejas y puertas que chirrían, nos acerca a las vidas de hombres y mujeres muy dispares, que vivieron en épocas distintas y en condiciones muy diversas, pero todos encontraron cobijo bajo el techo de Ashenden Park. ¿Qué hacer con esta joya que a lo largo de más de doscientos añosfue testigo de tanta alegría, tanto dolor, tantas emociones? Elizabeth Wilhide nos invita a una aventura donde el tiempo y el espacio andan de la mano: hay mucha vida en Ashenden Park y, bien mirado, la muerte es una simple anécdota. Reseñas:«Una novela que nos conduce a un emotivo viaje por los altibajos de la naturaleza humana, con una escritura de primer orden y un excelente argumento... Una manera de volver a disfrutar de Dawntown Abbey.»Library Journal «Un aplauso para Elizabeth Wilhide... Su novela me recordó a Retorno a Brideshead.»The Guardian

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