The Pretty Lady


Read by Simon Evers

(4.3 stars; 43 reviews)

‘The Pretty Lady’ is considered to be one of Bennett's most revealing and under-rated works. It is the story of a French prostitute, Christine, who has escaped from wartime Ostend, and set herself up in business in London. Though a refugee, she demands no pity; she is self-sufficient, practical and realistic. Christine is not a harpy preying on innocent soldiers, but a canny businesswoman, doing the best she can with the opportunities life has given her. Her main relationship is with G.J. Hoape, a wealthy man above the military age. Bennett in this novel presents a disturbing image of wartime society, fragmented, uneasy and divided. There are references to industrial unrest and to social injustices, and hints that the British press is less than frank about the war. (Summary by Simon Evers) (8 hr 9 min)

Chapters

Chapters 1, 2 & 3 18:11 Read by Simon Evers
Chapters 4 & 5 16:14 Read by Simon Evers
Chapters 6 & 7 18:50 Read by Simon Evers
Chapters 8 & 9 18:00 Read by Simon Evers
Chapters 10 & 11 24:32 Read by Simon Evers
Chapters 12 & 13 21:34 Read by Simon Evers
Chapters 14 & 15 20:58 Read by Simon Evers
Chapters 16 & 17 24:21 Read by Simon Evers
Chapters 18 & 19 31:20 Read by Simon Evers
Chapters 20 & 21 16:35 Read by Simon Evers
Chapters 22 & 23 29:08 Read by Simon Evers
Chapters 24, 25 & 26 24:04 Read by Simon Evers
Chapters 27 & 28 31:15 Read by Simon Evers
Chapters 29 & 30 21:50 Read by Simon Evers
Chapters 31 & 32 24:49 Read by Simon Evers
Chapters 33 & 34 24:44 Read by Simon Evers
Chapter 35 22:50 Read by Simon Evers
Chapter 36 18:41 Read by Simon Evers
Chapter 37 16:37 Read by Simon Evers
Chapter 38 14:57 Read by Simon Evers
Chapter 39 13:30 Read by Simon Evers
Chapter 40 21:21 Read by Simon Evers
Chapter 41 15:11 Read by Simon Evers

Reviews

A window...

(5 stars)

...into the past and a study of character. Exquisitely read by Simon Evers. Each character has been defined so very well and I highly recommend it.

as always great reader. story a little sombre but that shows wa

(4 stars)

is a stark picture of war and life

increadible reading

(5 stars)

Should be read along side Vile Bodies by Evelyn Waugh.

TO BE CONTINUED

(4.5 stars)

Sometiimes the best ending is no ending.

A troubling story with a deeply philosophical undercurrent

(4 stars)

Aloof, urbane and rich GJ surveys his urban landscape and selects from it the most delectable items - houses, furniture, clothes and women all for his own pleasure. The context of London during WW1 provides a brooding backdrop. Brilliantly read by Simon Evers.