book cover of The Key to My Heart

The Key to My Heart

(1963)
A collection of stories by

 
 
In our town, if you cough in the High Street the chemist up at the Town Hall has got the bottle of cough mixture wrapped up and waiting for you.' And nobody in the town provides such a wealth of delicious gossip as 'Noisy' Brackett and his wife Sally. Refusing to pay her bills, chasing her errant husband around the countryside in fast cars, setting fire to the heart of Bob, the local baker, Sally is a gloriously raffish figure of fun. In these three linked novellas Bob relates how Sally finally paid his account, how Noisy got off a motoring charge by sneezing, stole a case of stuffed birds from his own house, and barricaded himself in a cottage with a cardboard Argentinean air-hostess to foil Sally's pursuit.

Pritchett's effervescent love of comedy, his gift for storytelling and dialogue, his passionate interest in the seedier, droller goings-on of modern society, have never showed to better advantage than in these light-hearted tales.

Victor Sawdon Pritchett (1900-1997) was born over a toyshop in 1900 and, much to his everlasting distaste, was named after Queen Victoria. A writer and critic, his is widely reputed to be one of the best short story writers of all time, with the rare ability to capture the extraordinary strangeness of everyday life. He died in 1997.


Get it on Google Play

Used availability for V S Pritchett's The Key to My Heart

Hardback Editions

March 1982 : USA Hardback
thumb

Title: Key to My Heart: A Comedy in Three Parts
Author(s): V S Pritchett
ISBN: 0-394-43187-1 / 978-0-394-43187-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


December 1963 : UK Hardback
thumb

Title: Key to My Heart
Author(s): V S Pritchett
ISBN: 0-7011-1041-4 / 978-0-7011-1041-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chatto & Windus
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Paperback Editions

November 2012 : UK Paperback
thumb

Title: The Key to My Heart: A Comedy in Three Parts (Bloomsbury Reader)
Author(s): V S Pritchett
ISBN: 1-4482-0103-9 / 978-1-4482-0103-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Reader
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Audio Editions

January 2017 : MP3 CD
thumb

Title: The Key to My Heart
Author(s): V S Pritchett
ISBN: 1-5366-3919-2 / 978-1-5366-3919-3
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   


May 2013 : USA Audio edition
thumb

Title: The Key to My Heart
Author(s): V S Pritchett
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon   


May 2013 : UK Audio edition
thumb

Title: The Key to My Heart
Author(s): V S Pritchett
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon UK