The book was first published in 1927 and is the story of Judith Earle, over-earnest and inexperienced, who is brought up in seclusion in a large house in the Thames Valley. Longing for company, she has always been a little in love with each of the four cousins who come to stay next door and, on her return from Cambridge, becomes madly in love with one of them – Roddy, the 'sensation-hunter'. Dusty Answer traces with delicate nostalgia childhood friendships and the pangs of thwarted young love.
'The lyrical, sensuous quality of her descriptive writing and her clear yet compassionate insight into individual psychology puts her immediately into the front rank of English writers' The Times
'It will consume you entirely, transforming your whole inner life for the time it takes to read' Jonathan Coe
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