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Brat Farrar

Brat Farrar

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If I were writing one of those annoying sales blurbs for Brat Farrar, I’d describe it as “ The Talented Mr.

Brat Farrar was published by the Folio Society in 2010, so this is the most recent book I've looked at. Long ago I read Josephine Tey’s most popular and famous book, The Daughter of Time (1951) and very much enjoyed it .Patrick’s aunt and guardian, Bea, is a delightful character – wise, kind, very mildly dry – and I loved her, but she is representative of the whole family in her fairly lukewarm response. How might Brat’s invasion become a tribute to the lost son of the house with whose life — and death — he increasingly identifies himself? It was published a little later in the USA under the title “Come and Kill Me” and is a riveting mystery tale. I enjoy books in various genres, but especially literary fiction, literature in translation, historical fiction, history, short stories and travel writing and poetry.

Perhaps the most interesting character is that christened ‘Timber the murder horse’ by my book group – he has killed a man by smacking him into a tree, and his one wish in life is to do it more people. Even when the Ashby family is engaged in horse shows or other apparently innocuous pursuits, there's an ominous atmosphere, a feeling that disaster could strike at any time. Another unrelated book memory of Murnane's concerns Charles Kingsley's Hereward the Wake, and centers around Murnane's child's imagination allowing him to enter the story to comfort Hereward's neglected wife in her loneliness. I recently started a NY Times best selling psychological thriller that sounded like it had a great plot. Inspector Alan Grant investigates and tenaciously pursues his suspects throughout the length of Britain and the labyrinth of London.I picked up this book because it’s said to be one of Tey’s best works, and all you really need to know is that there are imposters and people who resemble horses* in it. Horses and horsemanship were the Ashby family trade and helped him to be accepted, and Brat finds himself liking Bee, his 'aunt' and Eleanor, his 'sister'. However, we the readers know from the beginning that Brat is an imposter, and despite his involvement in the fraudulent scheme to assume the Ashby fortune, we like him.

And like that book, what is most compelling are the many ways that this stranger changes the family's dynamics, and not whether the newcomer is the authentic long-lost child. Frankly I did not think I was going to be gripped by this story but I was intrigued because I had enjoyed The Franchise Affair so much. Of course a romantic involvement with a character who believes herself to be his sister is not a possibility. Alfred Hitchcock filmed one of her novels, A Shilling for Candles (1936) as Young and Innocent in 1937 and two other of her novels have been made into films, The Franchise Affair (1948), filmed in 1950, and 'Brat Farrar' (1949), filmed as Paranoiac in 1963. Josephine Tey has deftly created some very likeable but complex characters: Brat is at once tough and vulnerable, an opportunist with a conscience.In 1866, one “Thomas Castro”, a butcher from Wagga Wagga came forward claiming to be Roger Tichborne, heir to the baronetcy.

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