Every weekend, we delve into the British backlist and recommend a book with which you can happily curl up for several hours. This week it’s The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets, which was written by Eva Rice and picked for the Richard and Judy Book Club in 2006. (And on a personal note, it was one of the novels that got me back into reading after far too long away.)

the-lost-art-of-keeping-secrets“Set in the 1950s, in an England still recovering from the Second World War, it is the enchanting story of Penelope Wallace and her eccentric family at the start of the rock’n’roll era.

Penelope longs to be grown-up and to fall in love; but various rather inconvenient things keep getting in her way. Like her mother, a stunning but petulant beauty widowed at a tragically early age, her younger brother Inigo, currently incapable of concentrating on anything that isn’t Elvis Presley, a vast but crumbling ancestral home, a severe shortage of cash, and her best friend Charlotte’s sardonic cousin Harry…”