Mary Wesley Dies at 90; Novelist
One of my favorite books is The Camomile Lawn.
It is the sort of book which rewards rereading and underscores a sort of Englishness which is long since past.
"People did enjoy the war," she told Britain's Independent newspaper in 1994. "People of my generation had a very good time. It was an atmosphere of terror and exhilaration and parties, parties, parties. People did things they wouldn't have done otherwise and were frivolous as well as desperate."
Along with Olivia Manning, Wesley's perspective on the War fleshes out books like Waugh's war trilogy and the three war novels in The Dance to the Music of Time.
The obit in the Post gives the flavour of the woman; but to really understand what a lively, calm and unflappable writer she is a re-reading of The Camomile Lawn is now on my agenda.