Listen free for 30 days

The Past

Narrated by: Antonia Beamish
Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
Categories: Fiction, Literary
3.5 out of 5 stars (43 ratings)

£7.99/month after 30 days. Cancel anytime

Summary

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, but now they may have to sell it. And under the idyllic surface, there are tensions. Secrets are uncovered, and passions erupt as a way of life - bourgeois, literate, ritualised - winds down to its inevitable end.

©2015 Tessa Hadley (P)2015 W F Howes Ltd

Critic reviews

"Hadley is a writer of exceptional intelligence and skill and, for all the apparent conventionality of her vision, hers is a subtly subversive talent." ( Observer)
"There is something reassuring yet deliciously unexpected about a Tessa Hadley novel." ( Daily Telegraph)

What members say

Average customer ratings

Overall

  • 3.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    13
  • 4 Stars
    13
  • 3 Stars
    8
  • 2 Stars
    7
  • 1 Stars
    2

Performance

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    16
  • 4 Stars
    11
  • 3 Stars
    6
  • 2 Stars
    3
  • 1 Stars
    3

Story

  • 3.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    10
  • 4 Stars
    12
  • 3 Stars
    7
  • 2 Stars
    3
  • 1 Stars
    5
Sort by:
  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars

Awful

This is by far the worst book I have ever read/listened to. I lived in the hope something would happen, but the story is just utterly pointless

5 of 16 people found this review helpful

Sort by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Andre
  • Andre
  • 02-06-19

Thoroughly believable!

The book gradually grew on me, drawing me in slowly. The characters and their idiosyncrasies seem thoroughly believable, as if the could belong in any family. I can relate. It's uncanny.