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The Second-Last Woman in England: A Tragedy of Manners

It’s 1953, and in England, a brave and bright new world is at long last about to dawn. The Depression is over, the vile, vile war is over, even the endless bloody rationing is whimpering to a close. In June the new young queen will be crowned (alongside, it must be said, her extremely dishy husband). It’s all so gorgeous that Mrs. Harriet Wallis, for one, can barely keep from hugging herself. Her husband has an important job with an important firm, the children are settling in well with the new nanny, even the new fashions are splendidly flattering. Really, life is about to be too wonderful for words.

Unfortunately, it is also going to be short. On June 3 the Wallis family will gather to watch the coronation on their bought-for-the-occasion television set. Mrs. Wallis, immaculately dressed, will put three bullets neatly into Mr. Wallis. And some months thereafter she will become the second-to-last woman in England to be sentenced to death.

The Second-Last Woman in England marks the U.S. debut of Maggie Joel. English by birth, Ms. Joel now lives and writes in Sydney, Australia, where The Second-Last Woman in England was first published (without the hyphen). Her novel The Past and Other Lies will be published by Felony & Mayhem Press next year.

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  1. Fotiadis_3 March 20, 2012 at 1:29 am #

    Its Sydney Australia and yes I will read the novels, they sound inviting.

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