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ISBN:
0141036214
Author:
Ruth Rendell,Barbara Vine
Category:
Mystery
Language:
English
Publisher:
Penguin Books; paperback / softback edition (March 1, 2009)
Pages:
278 pages
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Ruth Barbara Rendell, Baroness Rendell of Babergh, CBE (née Grasemann; 17 February 1930 – 2 May 2015), was an English author of thrillers and psychological murder mysteries.

Ruth Barbara Rendell, Baroness Rendell of Babergh, CBE (née Grasemann; 17 February 1930 – 2 May 2015), was an English author of thrillers and psychological murder mysteries.

Fortunately Barbara Vine, the alternate writing identity of Ruth Rendell, is an exception. Barbara Vine's works are usually masterly suspense novels filled with unexpected plot twists, intriguing characters, and fascinating settings. Usually they turn on a small group of present day characters who are affected by past (sometimes long past) events that have endufing ramifications. The Birthday Present is one of Vine's best. Ivor Tesham is an up and coming Member of Parliament in the early 1990s, on the fast track to high office in Margaret Thatcher and John Major's Tory Party.

The Birthday Present by Barbara Vine - a gripping, psychological thriller packed with menace. Ruth Rendell, known as the "Queen of Crime," was born Ruth Barbara Grasemann in 1930 in South Wolford, London, England. Rendell is the author of more than sixty bestselling novels. She began working as a reporter at a suburban newspaper after she completed high school. I was somewhat apprehensive about The Birthday Present because I felt the previous Vine book, The Minotaur, was not up to her usual standard, but The Birthday Present was highly satisfactory. 6 people found this helpful.

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бесплатно, без регистрации и без смс. The Birthday Present by Barbara Vine - a gripping, psychological thriller packed with menaceIntensely imagined, fearful and satisfying' Sunday TimesTory MP Ivor Tesham ha. . The Birthday Present by Barbara Vine - a gripping, psychological thriller packed with menaceIntensely imagined, fearful and satisfying' Sunday TimesTory MP Ivor Tesham has unconventional tastes. However, one day it all goes terribly wrong. Ivor plans a special liaison for Hebe's birthday - a daring sexual adventure. But dangerous games have unforeseen costs and consequences. And when there is an accidental death, scandal and ruin cannot be far behind.

Barbara Vine is a pen-name of Ruth Rendell. She was awarded the Crime Writers' Association Diamond Dagger for a lifetime's achievement in crime writing.

Barbara Vine is the pen name of Ruth Rendell. Vine, Barbara, The birthday present, Barbara Vine. 1st ed. 1. Politicians-Great Britain-Fiction. Her books include the award-winning A Dark-Adapted Eye, King Solomon's Carpet, and, most recently, The Minotaur. Ruth Rendell sits in the House of Lords as a Labour peer. She lives in Maida Vale, London. This is a work of fiction.

The Birthday Present (2008) is a novel by British writer Ruth Rendell, written under her pseudonym Barbara Vine. It was her first novel under this name in three years. He is married to Iris Tesham. Iris' brother Ivor is an up-and-coming Tory MP, who is having an affair with Hebe Furnal. Hebe uses Jane Atherton as her alibi for her trysts

It’s the dress-up and role-play that inspire Ivor to create a surprise birthday present for his beloved that involves a curbside kidnapping.

It’s the dress-up and role-play that inspire Ivor to create a surprise birthday present for his beloved that involves a curbside kidnapping. It’s all intended as mock-dangerous foreplay, but then things take a dark turn. After things go horribly wrong, Ivor begins to receive anonymous letters that reveal astonishingly specific details about the affair and its aftermath.

It's late spring of 1990 and a love affair is flourishing: between Ivor Tesham, a thirty-three year old rising star of Margaret Thatcher's Conservative government, and Hebe Furnal, a stunning North London housewife stuck in a dull marriage. What excitement Hebe lacks at home, however, is amply compensated for by the well-bred and intensely attractive Tesham - an ardent womanizer and ambitious politican. On the eve of her twenty-eighth birthday, Tesham decides to give Hebe a present to remember: something far more memorable than, say, the costly string of pearls he's already lavished upon her.Involving a fashionable new practice known as 'adventure sex', a man arranges for his unsuspecting but otherwise willing girlfriend to be snatched from the street, bound and gagged, and delivered to him at a mutually agreed venue ...Set amidst an age of IRA bombings, the first Gulf War, and sleazy politics, "The Birthday Present" is the gripping story of a fall from grace, and of a man who carries within him all the hypocrisy, greed and self-obsession of a troubled era.
  • Friert
This deftly written exploration of the shock-wave repercussions of one mishandled mistake has all the hallmarks of Barbara Vine/Ruth Rendell's best work, including razor-sharp prose and a talent for quick and effective character studies. But most of all, she has a gift for showing how people writhe and fight against societal constraints, while still remaining sadly straitjacketed by them.

"The Birthday Present" is the story of up-and-coming parliamentarian Ivor Tesham and the unfortunate incident that befalls his mistress, Hebe Furnal, when he arranges a little adventure for her. The story is told in alternating first-person narratives by Ivor's brother-in-law Rob, and Hebe's friend Jane. One of the most interesting things about the story is the infinite number of points at which, if someone had just given a clear explanation rather than being inhibited by fear of public shaming, a whole series of tragedies could have been avoided. Although the story is entertaining, it's also a meditation on the ways in which the emotional/psychological cannibalism of the public makes it difficult, if not impossible, for people in the spotlight to be the honest, straightforward figures we want them to be.

Rob and Jane are both unreliable narrators in their own way, and the one fault of the book is its heavy-handedness about certain aspects of the narrators' personalities...toward the end, I started to feel that they were One Note Johnnies, to the detriment of more nuanced development. However, the characters whom they are observing/reporting about have more satisfactory and subtle character arcs.

Overall, a satisfying hybrid of psychological/suspense thriller and literary fiction--recommended.
  • Sti
I have been reading Barbara Vine and Ruth Rendell, her alter ego, for many years now and her characterizations in this novel were very realistic as always. I was very disappointed to learn of her passing last year, but I am going back to reread earlier works.
  • Hrguig
Alter egos are rarely as strong and convincing as the original persona. Fortunately Barbara Vine, the alternate writing identity of Ruth Rendell, is an exception. Barbara Vine's works are usually masterly suspense novels filled with unexpected plot twists, intriguing characters, and fascinating settings. Usually they turn on a small group of present day characters who are affected by past (sometimes long past) events that have endufing ramifications.

The Birthday Present is one of Vine's best. Ivor Tesham is an up and coming Member of Parliament in the early 1990s, on the fast track to high office in Margaret Thatcher and John Major's Tory Party. He's rich, urbane, and sophisticated, with a taste for sexual adventure that embroils him with some embarrassing hangers on. His story is told by two separate characters, his brother in law and a sad, delusional woman who was a friend of one of Tesham's lovers. The two points of view interweave his story and those of his family and associates over a period of about five years.

This is an exciting story with plenty of unexpected twists and turns. In addition to the main plot line, Vine provides a lot of interesting material on British political affairs in the early 1990s. I was somewhat apprehensive about The Birthday Present because I felt the previous Vine book, The Minotaur, was not up to her usual standard, but The Birthday Present was highly satisfactory.
  • Braendo
My main comment regarding this book by a woman whose work I have liked enormously for many many years both as Barbara Vine and as Ruth Randell is,"Meh."
  • Weernis
Understated yet explicit, the text reads as though a chatty cousin is telling the story. Ms. Vine weaves a tale that flows as smoothly as the Thames.
  • Agalen
Barbara Vine is a wonderful storyteller. Realistic dialogue. Satisfying read. Loved the dual narrator approach. Will read more by this author.
  • DireRaven
Page turner by Ruth Rendall writing as Barbara Vines. Great characters, wonderful voice as narrator, well drawn characters set in London. Hilarious English parliament character!
Have already recommended it and loaned it out.
all good