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Book at Bedtime

Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont

Episode 1: 'If it's not nice, I needn't stay'

Duration: 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Eleanor Bron reads Elizabeth Taylor's poignant and witty masterpiece.

Published in 1971 Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont is both tender and sharp in its depiction of old age.

On a rainy January afternoon, the recently widowed Laura Palfrey arrives at the Claremont Hotel on the Cromwell Road. Apprehensive but doughty, she settles into her room without a view, and begins to meet the other residents.

For the long-term residents of the Claremont Hotel life revolves around waiting for dinner, the nine o'clock serial and visitors. Mrs Palfrey assures her new friends that her grandson will soon be making an appearance.

Writer: Elizabeth Taylor
Abridger: Robin Brooks
Reader: Eleanor Bron
Producer: Natalie Steed. Show less

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