1 thought on “Too Dear For My Possessing”

  1. My first Pamela Hansford Johnson novel (but certainly not my last!), "Too Dear for My Possessing" is an engrossing tale of a young man's life in Europe during the age of innocence preceding World War II. Claud, the son of a writer, moves with his father to Bruges while he is a boy, after his mother and father divorce. Accompanying them is Helena, the flamboyant, beautiful, and intimidating dancer with whom Claud's father has fallen passionately in love. Claud grows up, becomes an art critic and [...]

  2. Very well-constructed and well-written between-the-wars novel. Somerset Maughm like in scope and style. It's great to see Bello republishing Hansford Johnson's novels. She really is sadly neglected.

  3. oo Dear for my Possessing is the first book in Pamela Hansford Johnson’s Helena trilogy. Published in 1940 – the setting is Bruges, London and Paris in the 1920’s and 1930’s.Helena – the character for whom this trilogy has been named, is naturally at the heart of this novel – but she isn’t the main character. Claud Pickering is the narrator of this novel (and I believe the two which follow it). As the novel opens he is thirteen, living happily in Bruges with his father and his mist [...]

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