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Hadley, Tessa

Overview
Works: 36 works in 314 publications in 6 languages and 13,370 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Domestic fiction  Short stories  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Psychological fiction  Juvenile works  Romance fiction  Radio programs  Interviews  Literature 
Roles: Author, Author of afterword, colophon, etc., Editor
Classifications: PR6108.A35, 823.92
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works about Tessa Hadley
 
Most widely held works by Tessa Hadley
Henry James and the imagination of pleasure by Tessa Hadley( )

20 editions published between 2002 and 2009 in English and held by 2,535 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Tessa Hadley examines how Henry James progressively disentangled himself from the moralising frame through which English-language novels in the nineteenth century had imagined sexual passion. Hadley argues that his relationship with the European novel tradition was crucial, helping him to leave behind a way of seeing in which only 'bad' women could be sexual. She reads James's transitional fictions of the 1890s as explorations of how disabling and distorting ideals of women's goodness and purity were learned and perpetuated within English and American cultural processes. These explorations, Hadley argues, liberated James to write the great heterosexual love affairs of the late novels, with their emphasis on the power of pleasure and play: themes which are central to James's ambitious enterprise to represent the privileges and the pains of turn-of-the-century leisure-class society."--Jacket
The past : a novel by Tessa Hadley( Book )

43 editions published between 2015 and 2018 in 7 languages and held by 1,682 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Over five novels and two collections of stories Tessa Hadley has earned a reputation as a fiction writer of remarkable gifts, and been compared with Elizabeth Bowen and Alice Munro. In her new novel three sisters and a brother meet up in their grandparents' old house for three long, hot summer weeks. The house is full of memories of their childhood and their past - their mother took them there when she left their father - but now they may have to sell it. And under the idyllic surface, there are tensions. Roland has come with his new wife and his sisters don't like her. Kasim, the twenty-year-old son of Alice's ex-boyfriend, makes plans to seduce Molly, Roland's teenage daughter. Fran's children uncover an ugly secret in a ruined cottage in the woods. Passion erupts where it's least expected, blasting the quiet self-possession of Harriet, the oldest sister. A way of life - bourgeois, literate, ritualised - winds down to its inevitable end. With uncanny precision and extraordinary sympathy, Tessa Hadley charts the squalls of lust and envy disrupting this ill-assorted house party, as well as the consolations of memory and affection, the beauty of the natural world, the shifting of history under the social surface. From the first page the reader is absorbed and enthralled, watching a superb craftsman at work
Clever girl : a novel by Tessa Hadley( Book )

19 editions published between 2013 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,264 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Follows Stella, a lower-middle-class British girl born in the 1950s, whose coming-of-age experiences mirror the broader cultural development of her times
The London train by Tessa Hadley( Book )

22 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 1,144 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After the death of his mother, Paul abandons his family to live life on the edge with his daughter from a previous marriage who is pregnant and living in a run-down council flat, while Cora rebels against her marriage and society
The master bedroom : a novel by Tessa Hadley( Book )

21 editions published between 2007 and 2015 in English and held by 1,017 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When she abandons an academic career and returns home to Wales to care for her ailing mother, Kate Flynn finds her life at loose ends, until she meets childhood friend David Roberts and David's teenage son, Jamie
Married love : and other stories by Tessa Hadley( Book )

22 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and held by 943 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Married Love is a masterful collection of short fiction from one of today's most accomplished storytellers. These tales showcase the qualities for which Tessa Hadley has long been praised: her humor, warmth, and psychological acuity; her powerful, precise, and emotionally dense prose; her unflinching examinations of family relationships. Here are stories that range widely across generations and classes, exploring the private and public lives of unforgettable characters: a young girl who haunts the edges of her parents' party; a wife released by the sudden death of her film-director husband; an eighteen-year-old who insists on marrying her music professor, only to find herself shut out from his secrets. In this stunning collection, Hadley evokes worlds that expand in the imagination far beyond the pages, capturing domestic dramas, generational sagas, wrenching love affairs and epiphanies, and distilling them to remarkable effect."--Page 4 of cover
Everything will be all right : a novel by Tessa Hadley( Book )

21 editions published between 2003 and 2015 in English and held by 897 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The profoundly different choices of a mother and her daughter infuse this rich, expansive novel with both intimate detail and wide resonance When Joyce Stevenson is thirteen, her family moves to the south of England to live with their aunt Vera. Joyce's mother, Lil, is a widow; Vera has a husband who keeps his suits in the wardrobe but spends evenings at another house nearby. While the two sisters couldn't be more different-Vera, a teacher, has unquestioning belief in the powers of education and reason; Lil puts her faith in seances-they work together to form a tight-knit family. Joyce sees that there is something missing in their lives: men. She doesn't want to end up like her aunt Vera, rejected by her husband. Joyce discovers art at school: she falls in love with the Impressionists and, eventually, with one of her teachers. In spite of the temptations of the sixties, she is determined to make her marriage and motherhood a success. When Joyce's daughter, Zoe, grows up and has a baby of her own, however, she proves to be impatient with domestic life and chooses a dramatically different path. Spanning five decades of extraordinary changes in women's lives, Everything Will Be All Right explores the complicated relationships of a family. The young ones of each generation are sure that they can correct the mistakes of their parents; the truth, of course, is more opaque. Intricate and insightful, Everything Will Be All Right firmly establishes Tessa Hadley among the great contemporary observers of the human mind and heart
Bad dreams and other stories by Tessa Hadley( Book )

7 editions published in 2017 in English and Undetermined and held by 728 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In these short stories it's the ordinary things that turn out to be most extraordinary: the history of a length of fabric, say, and a forgotten jacket. Two sisters quarrel over an inheritance and a new baby; a child awake in the night explores the familiar rooms of her home, strange in the dark; a housekeeper caring for a helpless old man uncovers secrets from his past. The first steps into a turning point and a new life are made so easily and carelessly: the stories focus in on crucial moments of transition, often imperceptible to the protagonists. A girl accepts a lift in a car with some older boys, or a young woman reads the diaries she comes across when she's housesitting. Small acts have large consequences, and some of them reverberate across decades; things fantasised in private can reach out to affect other people, for better and worse. An older woman recovering from serious illness speaks to a lonely young man on a train; an old friend brings bad news to a dinner party; a schoolteacher in the throes of a painful affair in 1914 has mixed feelings about her pupils' suffragette-craze. The real things that happen to people, the accidents that befall them, are every bit as mysterious as their longings and their dreams
Accidents in the home : a novel by Tessa Hadley( Book )

16 editions published between 2002 and 2015 in English and French and held by 615 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Details a year in the life of a modern family, from Clare, a twenty-nine-year-old mother of three, who has everything, but constantly desires more, to her half brother, Toby, who lives his life through the lens of a camera
Sunstroke and other stories by Tessa Hadley( Book )

11 editions published between 2007 and 2015 in English and held by 530 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Everyday life crackles with the electricity sparking between men and women, between parents and children, between friends. A son confesses to his mother that he is cheating on his girlfriend; a student falls in love with her lecturer and embarks on an affair with a man in the pub who looks just like him. Young mothers pent-up in childcare dream treacherously of other possibilities; a boy becomes aware of the woman, a guest at his parents' holiday home, who is pressing up too close against him on the beach. A daughter remembers running away from home with her mother; two sisters from a family of nine vow together to grow up free from dreary women's problems."--Jacket
The O. Henry prize stories( Book )

3 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 419 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The O. Henry Prize Stories 2015 gathers twenty of the best short stories of the year, selected from thousands published in literary magazines. The winning stories span the globe - from the glamorous Riviera to an Eastern European shtetl, from a Native American reservation to a tiny village in Thailand. But their characters are universally recognizable and utterly compelling, whether they are ex-pats in Africa, migrant workers crossing the Mexican border, Armenian immigrants on the rough streets of East Hollywood, or pioneers in nineteenth-century Idaho. Accompanying the stories are the editor's introduction, essays from the eminent jurors on their favorite stories, observations from the winning writers on what inspired them, and an extensive resource list of magazines"--
The past by Tessa Hadley( Recording )

20 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 404 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Siblings visit their old home before it's sold and a mix of emotions surface. Three sisters, a brother, and their children assemble at their country house one last time before it is sold. The house is filled with memories of their shared past yet beneath the idyllic surface, hidden passions, devastating secrets, and dangerous hostilities threaten to consume them. Sophisticated and sleek, Roland's new wife arouses his sister' jealousies. Passion erupts where it's least expected, shattering the quiet self-possession of Harriet, the eldest sister. Over the course of this summer holiday, the family's stories and silences intertwine, small disturbances build into familial crises, and a way of life-bourgeois, literate, ritualized, Anglican; winds down to its inevitable end
Legends of the sun and moon by Eric Hadley( Book )

1 edition published in 1983 in English and held by 319 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Twelve traditional tales about the sun and the moon from a variety of cultures
The London train : a novel by Tessa Hadley( Recording )

21 editions published between 2006 and 2014 in English and held by 242 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Paul leaves his family to search for Pia, his daughter from his first marriage. He finds her pregnant and living in less than ideal conditions--but with an outlook on life that's strangely compelling. Paul decides to start a new life and joins Pia in London. But he doesn't know that a chance encounter with a desperate woman will change his destiny
Legends of earth, air, fire, and water by Eric Hadley( Book )

2 editions published in 1985 in English and held by 200 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of myths and legends from different parts of the world about the four basic elements without which life would not be possible
Married love and other stories by Tessa Hadley( Recording )

15 editions published between 2012 and 2017 in English and held by 123 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lottie announces at the breakfast table that she is getting married. The youngest daughter of a large and close-knit family, Lottie is nineteen but looks five years younger. Her fiance is Edgar Lennox, a composer of religious music and lecturer at Lottie's university, forty-five years her senior
Bad dreams and other stories by Tessa Hadley( Recording )

11 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 98 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Two sisters quarrel over an inheritance and a new baby; a child awake in the night explores the familiar rooms of her home, made strange by the darkness; a housekeeper caring for a helpless old man uncovers secrets from his past. The first steps into a turning point and a new life are made so easily and carelessly: each of these stories illuminate crucial moments of transition, often imperceptible to the protagonists. A girl accepts a lift in a car with some older boys; a young woman reads the diaries she discovers while housesitting. Small acts have large consequences, some that can reverberate across decades; private fantasies can affect other people, for better and worse. The real things that happen to people, the accidents that befall them, are every bit as mysterious as their longings and their dreams
Clever girl by Tessa Hadley( Recording )

4 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 81 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

'Clever Girl' follows the story of Stella, from her childhood as the daughter of a single mother in a Bristol bedsit in the 1960s into the mysterious shallows of her middle age. The story is full of drama - violent deaths, an abrupt end to Stella's schooldays and two sons by different fathers who aren't around to see the boys grow up. As in her previous novels, Tessa Hadley makes profound observations on everyday life, questioning the ways in which men and women think, feel and relate to each other
Tales of betrayal : a celebration of the short story( )

2 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 25 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"He had ruined her life ... For years, he'd allowed himself to imagine she had forgotten Ben, or at least stopped remembering ... What consolation could he give her now?"--Devotion by Adam Haslett. In this compilation characters make choices that define their lives and suffer consequences often dire or disquieting
Legends of the sun and moon by Eric Hadley( Book )

3 editions published between 1989 and 1992 in English and held by 21 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Twelve traditional tales about the sun and the moon from a variety of cultures
 
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WorldCat IdentitiesRelated Identities
Henry James and the imagination of pleasure
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The London trainThe master bedroom : a novelEverything will be all right : a novelAccidents in the home : a novelSunstroke and other storiesLegends of the sun and moonLegends of earth, air, fire, and waterTales of betrayal : a celebration of the short storyLegends of the sun and moon
Alternative Names
Hadley Tessa 1956-....

Hadley, Tessa Jane

Hadley, Tessa Jane 1956-...

Hedlija, Tesa

Tessa Hadley British author of novels, short stories and non-fiction

Languages
English (264)

French (5)

Polish (4)

German (3)

Italian (3)

Swedish (1)