A Stone in the Shade
Stone Trough Books, 2013
Hardback, ISBN 978-0954454289
220x160mm, 180 pages
From the book jacket:
Violet Powell (1913-2002) completed fifteen chapters of this final volume of autobiography which, like her husband Anthony Powell's memoirs, ran to four volumes. Though her publications tended to follow his at a respectful distance, A Stone in the Shade confirms her as an accomplished writer and humorist in her own right.
Born into the Anglo-Irish aristocracy and in some ways an out-and-out elitist, she chronicles the Powell/Pakenham families, her forays into London's higher Bohemia, various junketings in Somerset and County Westmeath, and the amenities, both cultural and social, of Swan's Hellenic Cruises.
Violet Powell seemed to 'know everyone'. Osbert Lancaster inspired her to take up her long-neglected box of paints and thereafter she never travelled without a sketchbook-diary, filling its pages with talented illustration and amusing commentary. It also provides some unedited aperçus of the great novelist on holiday.
The volume includes 32 pages of Lady Violet's colour travel sketches.
Copies may be obtained from the Anthony Powell Society shop. UK Members £24; Overseas Members £29; UK Non-Members £27; Overseas Non-Members £32 (including shipping).