The Clothes In The Wardrobe

Jasmine Hyde reads Alice Thomas Ellis' darkly comic novel about love, marriage - and the possessiveness of mothers.

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20070212

Jasmine Hyde reads Alice Thomas Ellis' darkly comic novel about love, marriage - and the possessiveness of mothers.

1/5. Margaret, 19, is sleep-walking into marriage with a much older man whom she does not love.

20070213

Jasmine Hyde reads Alice Thomas Ellis' darkly comic novel about love, marriage - and the possessiveness of mothers.

2/5. Margaret, 19, is planning to marry a much older man whom she does not love. Everyone around her can see this is disastrous; but Margaret herself has her reasons - and a guilty secret.

20070214

Jasmine Hyde reads Alice Thomas Ellis' darkly comic novel about love, marriage - and the possessiveness of mothers.

3/5. As young Margaret's wedding draws closer, the prospective bridegroom becomes even more chilly and remote. Not that Margaret cares. What are they both up to?

20070215

Jasmine Hyde reads Alice Thomas Ellis' darkly comic novel about love, marriage - and the possessiveness of mothers.

4/5. Margaret, 19, is persuaded by her mother to marry a much older man whom she does not love. What is she up to? The guilty secret of her summer in Egypt begins to emerge.

20070216

Jasmine Hyde reads Alice Thomas Ellis' darkly comic novel about love, marriage - and the possessiveness of mothers.

5/5. The conventional suburban setting masks some dark secrets, which only now begin to emerge.

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Margaret, 19, is sleep-walking into marriage with a much older man whom she does not love.

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Margaret, 19, is planning to marry a much older man whom she does not love.

Everyone around her can see this is disastrous; but Margaret herself has her reasons - and a guilty secret.

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As young Margaret's wedding draws closer, the prospective bridegroom becomes even more chilly and remote.

Not that Margaret cares.

What are they both up to?

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Margaret, 19, is persuaded by her mother to marry a much older man whom she does not love.

What is she up to? The guilty secret of her summer in Egypt begins to emerge.

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The conventional suburban setting masks some dark secrets, which only now begin to emerge.