Clock Winder
Anne Tyler

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Narrated By: Suzanne Pirret

Duration: 10 hours and 34 minutes

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The audio edition of The Clock Winder by Anne Tyler.

'Her brilliance in capturing the ripples on the surface of family life gives her a claim to be the Jane Austen of our age' - Allison Pearson, Daily Mail

Having sacked her handyman, newly-widowed Mrs Emerson finds a replacement in Elizabeth, a lanky, awkward girl. The Emersons - there are seven grown-up children - have a reputation for craziness and Elizabeth finds herself drawn into their disorderly lives against her will. But in the end it is hard to tell whether she is a victim of the needy Emersons, or the de facto ruler of the family.


‘She’s changed my perception on life’ Anna Chancellor

‘One of my favourite authors ’ Liane Moriarty

‘She spins gold' Elizabeth Buchan

‘Anne Tyler has no peer’ Anita Shreve

‘My favourite writer, and the best line-and-length novelist in the world’ Nick Hornby

‘A masterly author’ Sebastian Faulks

‘Tyler is not merely good, she is wickedly good’ John Updike

‘I love Anne Tyler’ Anita Brookner

‘Her fiction has strength of vision, originality, freshness, unconquerable humour’ Eudora Welty


Modern & contemporary fiction

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She writes with virtuosity, confidence and perfect insight and compassion

The Times

Delicate, unpretentious and highly enjoyable

Daily Telegraph

Anne Tyler is brilliant

New York Times Book Review

Tyler writes skilfully, with a detached air and a precise eye for detail