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Poppy Carew, smarting and in shock because her live-in lover has left her for a richer woman, is called to the bedside of her dying father, a wonderful, loveable eccentric who dies laughing. He asks as his last request that he be buried in style by an undertaker who specialises in fun funerals. He also astonishes Poppy by leaving her a large sum of money.

As news of her good fortune spreads, other friends of friends, acquaintances of her dead father (who appears to have made his fortune by being nice to old ladies) and, not least, her ex-lover emerge. Suddenly there are too many choices for Poppy Carew.

©2007 Hodder & Stoughton (P)2007 Hodder & Stoughton

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"Told with elegance and asperity by the superb Anna Massey." ( Sunday Telegraph)

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after a great number of years is sheer lighthearted delight. Anna Massey was wonderful as the narrator which doubled the book's charm

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  • 14-05-20

Anna Massey is superb

Loved this short novel - delightful humor, sassy characters, charming settings. The Africa segment is slightly off putting but very brief- doesn’t really fit the tone of the rest of the book. A wonderful way to escape life and spend a few hours!