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by Isabel Colegate

Category: Contemporary
Subcategory: Fiction
Author: Isabel Colegate
ISBN: 0241121930
ISBN13: 978-0241121931
Language: English
Publisher: Hamish Hamilton Ltd; 1st ed edition (September 5, 1988)
Pages: 224
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In Isabel Colegate’s novel Deceits of Time, Catherine Hillery, a middle-aged widow and author of several well-respected biographies, is employed to write an authorized biography of deceased politician Neil Campion. While she is intrigued at the prospect (she met Neil once years before during her youth), she is also curious as to why she was selected by the Campion family as the author.

Catherine Hillery, a widow in her fifties, is hired by a solicitor for the Campion family to write the definitive biography of Neil Campion, a young Member of Parliament, a World War II pilot, and a man with an idealistic vision of what society could become.

Deceits of Time' doesn't deceive the reader: the main 'deceit' is pretty obvious from ear;ly o. The theme is not a particularly novel one, but Isabel Colegate explores it better than many.

The theme is not a particularly novel one, but Isabel Colegate explores it better than many. The novel is constructed from a number of brief episodes, which jump from character to character, and at first this mosaic-like composition might be a little disorienting. There are a few comedic moments, but not so many or so brilliant as to make the novel a comedy.

Isabel Diana Colegate (born 10 September 1931) is a British author and literary agent. She was born in Lincolnshire, the daughter of Sir Arthur Colegate and Winifred Mary Colegate, and was educated at Runton Hill School in Norfolk. She lived at Midford Castle near Bath, England, until 2007. Anthony Blond set up his own firm in 1952, Anthony Blond (London) Ltd, in partnership with Isabel Colegate. In 1953 she married Michael Briggs, and the couple have two sons and a daughter.

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Biographer Catherine Hillary, commissioned to study Neil Campion, a World War I flying ace and politician uncovers his reputed Nazi associations and finds that she must sort through his and her own troubled pasts. From Publishers Weekly

Author:Colegate, Isabel Iasabel Colegate is author of The Shooting Party. Deceits of Time will be one of Hamish Hamilton's submissions for the Booker Prize.

Author:Colegate, Isabel. Each month we recycle over . million books, saving over 12,500 tonnes of books a year from going straight into landfill sites. All of our paper waste is recycled and turned into corrugated cardboard. Iasabel Colegate is author of The Shooting Party.

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This deeply insightful novel features a compelling character, Catherine Hillery, a biographer investigating the life of British war hero Neil Campion. The investigative aspect of the plot reminded me of The DaVinci Code, only Deceits of Time is perhaps less sensational though no less engrossing. But my comparison to The DaVinci Code is only superficial. Deceits of time has greater depth and intellectual dimension, as in Dan Brown's book the characters move from sensational discovery to sensational discovery without really growing much. In Deceits of Time, the characters are changed by what they discover. I think that in a way, the novel is a salute to the biographer's art in that at times the characters are presented in the manner that a biographer would, as lives under examination. I do not feel this detracts from the narrative but rather it was enjoyable and innovative, and fitting for a novel concerning biography and all that it involves, such as the past, truth, meaning, and perception. Colegate also employs an old literary device I haven't seen in modern literature since Isak Dinesen, that of placing anecdotes within anecdotes, or stories within stories. It's not an easy thing to execute, but Colegate does it quite deftly here.

As the novel concerns the close examination of the past, the past is one of the major themes here: how people remember pain, their failures, successes and their ideals--how we remember who we were. History figures also, as some characters consider what England might have been like if history had been different, if Monmouth had won instead of King James all those centuries ago. What if things had been different? What if things were different now? And isn't that the compulsion of all romantics, to make things different? That is the compulsion behind Neil Campion at any rate, and the reason why he does what he does, which I will not give away here. Expect a compelling academic mystery, innovative characterization, a masterful command of literary art, and fabulous British prose. If this novel did not win any prizes, I feel it should have.
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The quote continues: "Time and the innate human need to give shape to things, to select so as to find order, meant that any life was just a story, one's own or anyone else's. Like all stories, the story of a life could only be an approximation to the truth, or perhaps a parallel."

This is the theme of DECEITS OF TIME as well as the lesson brought home to its protagonist, Catherine Hillery. Catherine is in her mid-fifties, a widow, the mother of two boys, and a grandmother. She also is a modestly successful writer of three biographies. Out of the blue, seemingly, she is commissioned to write the authorized biography of Neil Campion, a World War I flying ace and hero who then became a Member of Parliament and a secondary figure among the British Conservatives, before dying in a car crash in May 1941. She is introduced to Campion's surviving brother and sister and to Campion's widow and her wayward grandson. She also encounters a journalist, Alfred Manning, a Jew who was left alone as a boy after his parents fled Vienna and is now also working on a biography of Neil Campion, seeking to prove that he had been the leader of a clandestine movement within Great Britain to broker a peace agreement with Hitler and the Nazis. Indeed, she comes to suspect that it probably was in order to preempt Manning's exposé that she was engaged to write the authorized biography of Campion, despite her total lack of knowledge of the politics of the period. (Coincidentally - and this is a coincidence that beggars credibility - Manning also is the extramarital lover of Catherine's daughter-in-law.)

Catherine has a difficult time with her biography, in large part due to false leads and manipulated evidence - some sponsored by Campion's surviving family, some by the British government (or Secret Intelligence Service), and one by her competitor Manning. But there is more than intentional dishonesty, as she eventually comes to realize, as much through reconsideration of her own life as her work on the biography of Neil Campion. And that takes us back to the quote with which I begin this review.

The theme is not a particularly novel one, but Isabel Colegate explores it better than many. The novel is constructed from a number of brief episodes, which jump from character to character, and at first this mosaic-like composition might be a little disorienting. There are a few comedic moments, but not so many or so brilliant as to make the novel a comedy. It is more (1) an understated critique of the England of the 1980's with its vestigial class schisms, its pursuit of the almighty pound and/or gratification of the ego, and its willingness to gloss over unpleasant historical truths; and (2) an exploration of the "deceits of time". It is generally light in tone and well-written. The problem with the novel is that the plot is a tad too contrived, including one or two too many letters or suicide notes from the other side.

To Colegate's (or Catherine Hillery's) credit, she does not simply stop at the relativistic realization that all lives, even one's own, are stories. Redemption, if there is such a thing, is "in the continuity of the effort to understand." "The fact that one had acknowledged that life stories were no more than approximations to true stories did not mean that one should stop testing them against such discoverable truths as one could lay one's hands on." Amen.
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