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Description - Pillion Riders by Elisabeth Russell Taylor

Opal, gamine and sensitive, is married off early to an elderly business associate, Helmut Gressinger. She lives a cossetted life of luxury in London, but when Helmut takes her to Paris, she falls passionately in love with a young French composer of scant means and morals. Yet if Helmut is old and boring, he is at least caring and kind, whereas Jean-Claude is melancholic, secretive and brutish. Moreover, he is obsessed by the memory of his dead sister. Having left Helmut for a new and daring life with her penniless lover, Opal accompanies Jean-Claude to central France, where he is inspired to compose an opera based on Alain-Fournier's evocative masterpiece, Le Grand Meaulnes. It is against this background that Opal explores the conflicting demands of passion and morality, the painful battle between head and heart.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781844081233
ISBN-10: 1844081230
Format: Paperback
(132mm x 199mm x 13mm)
Pages: 192
Imprint: Virago Press Ltd
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Publish Date: 1-Dec-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Elisabeth Russell Taylor

Elisabeth Russell Taylor was educated at the Sorbonne and at King's College, London. She is married to the painter Tom Fairs and lives in north London.