The Copper Peacock
A short story collection published by Hutchinson in 1991
The Copper Peacock is a hideous bookmark given to Bernard, a writer, by his attractive cleaning lady, Judy. She had brought order to a hitherto chaotic life, but now the bookmark destroys all this, shattering his razor-sharp sensibilities. If only she had given herself, then she might have lived.
In this and eight other landmark short stories, including the Wexford tale An “Unwanted Woman”, Ruth Rendell once again proves she is the mistress of crime and mystery genres.
Contains: “A Pair Of Yellow Lilies”, “Paperwork”, “Mother’s Help”, Long Live The Queen", “Dying Happy”, “The Copper Peacock”, “Weeds”, “The Fish-Sitter” and An Unwanted Woman (A Wexford story).
Contemporary Reads 2
John Bossy - Giordano Bruno and the Embassy Affair
Frances Fyfield - Deep Sleep
Rohinton Mistry - Such a Long Journey
Penelope Lively - City of the Mind
Ben Okri - The Famished Road
Jung Chang - Wild Swans
Queens of Crime, BBC Radio 1991. ↩︎
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