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The Sugar Mother by Elizabeth Jolley
Time Warner Books 2000

When the wife of an ageing but handsome university professor goes away for a year's study leave, he finds himself more and more in the company of Leila and her mother who live next door. Jolley is the most disconcerting of novelists flourishing words and witticisms, enticing us to laugh at, and understand, loneliness and the longing to love.
Elizabeth Jolley was born in England.

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The Sugar Mother by Elizabeth Jolley