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The Uninvited [Read] ➱ The Uninvited ➹ Dorothy Macardle – Thomashillier.co.uk Could a young girl s pure love triumph over the dread forces of evil and hatred that made Cliff End a place of never ending terror Could a young girl s pure love triumph over the dread forces of evil and hatred that made Cliff End a place of never ending terror.


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  1. Henry Avila Henry Avila says:

    Was it real An old unsettling home nevertheless with charm on a hill overlooking the stormy, lovely sea in Devonshire such places are rare, still with a few unseen problems as supernatural forces interfere in the lives of the living inside the house In the nearby English village stories are told of the place, now that a foolish brother and sister bought it, set in 1937 no natives would, they will soon find the truth which the structure hides , why so cheap a price, the outsiders don t know Was it real An old unsettling home nevertheless with charm on a hill overlooking the stormy, lovely sea in Devonshire such places are rare, still with a few unseen problems as supernatural forces interfere in the lives of the living inside the house In the nearby English village stories are told of the place, now that a foolish brother and sister bought it, set in 1937 no natives would, they will soon find the truth which the structure hides , why so cheap a price, the outsiders don t know but will Roderick Fitzgerald a writer and his sister Pamela having fled London for the quiet rural area, but things go awry, as two ghosts haunt the premises and the siblings are puzzled how to solve the problem of eliminating the weird, petrifying images Fifteen years prior a tragic event occurred a woman Mary Meredith fell off the cliff thus the name Cliff End an appropriate name for the estate, the daughter of The Commander who sold them the house Things were complicated then , Mary s husband Llewellyn Meredith a second rate painter and I am being very generous had an affair with a tempestuous Spanish gypsy, and model Carmel , so the locals believe and later marries Mary A daughter is born Stella raised by her grandfather since her parents died, this occurred fifteen years ago A love triangle caused the lethal result and the mystery, but this gives readers a fascinating situation to try and comprehend.The ghosts of these women stalk the mansion and the villagers stay away from, still strangers unwisely do not Roderick and Pamela don t know how to rid the property of these manifestations.The creepy images unformed coming down the stairs, cold spaces that chill the bones, smells which cause the nose and heart to feel uneasy, the constant crying sounds gives the place a feeling of foreboding, producing an atmosphere of intense terror Stella adores her late mother, makes a shrine to her memory you can imagine her reaction to rumors she has appeared in Cliff End, stupefied, still she like a magnet is attractive to and unable to resist visiting the house Roderick becomes infatuated with the pretty, shy Stella, yet trouble will arrive, she faints and worse becomes unhinged Roderick is torn between protecting his beloved by Miss Meredith leaving the village, and wanting to be with her A 1944 classic film version starring Ray Milland, Ruth Hussey as the siblings and Gail Russell as Stella, I ve seen and loved a dozen times, puts pictures to words and brings another component to this superb story


  2. Bobby Underwood Bobby Underwood says:

    This is a wonderful timeless story by Dorothy Macardle Published as Uneasy Freehold in the early 1940 s, it was renamed for the classic film it spawned in 1943 starring Ray Milland and the ethereal Gail Russell I ve owned a hardback copy of this fabulous book for decades and try to read it at least once every couple of years There is a light and breezy feel to this narrative which makes it the perfect summer read if you are tired of the run of the mill.Roderick and his sister Pamela leave t This is a wonderful timeless story by Dorothy Macardle Published as Uneasy Freehold in the early 1940 s, it was renamed for the classic film it spawned in 1943 starring Ray Milland and the ethereal Gail Russell I ve owned a hardback copy of this fabulous book for decades and try to read it at least once every couple of years There is a light and breezy feel to this narrative which makes it the perfect summer read if you are tired of the run of the mill.Roderick and his sister Pamela leave the hustle and bustle of modern London looking for that perfect house on the English coast What they find is the beautiful Cliff End overlooking the sea From their first meeting with the sweet and lovely young Stella Meredith, whose grandfather owns the house, we know there is a larger mystery here This is a good novel that slowly unfolds as we learn of Stella s mother Mary, and the beautiful Spanish girl, Carmel, who was seduced by Stella s father.There arequestions than answers for the brother and sister the longer they remain at Cliff End Who is the apparition at the top of the stairway and why does a sickening cold always precede its appearance Why are there moans of anguish coming from the room that used to be the nursery What is the real mystery surrounding Mary s death What about that Mimosa scent that coincides with the moaning And why do things getstirred up every time young Stella is there Roderick has fallen for the sweet Stella just as the reader has and both must discover the answers.What makes this such an excellent read is that it treats this as a straightforward story of ordinary people thrown into extraordinary circumstances It unfolds slowly as Roderick and Pamela attempt to solve this maddening riddle to an otherwise wonderful house they don t want to leave Both the mystery and ghost story are presented in an entertaining day to day chronicle of life in the English countryside Ever so gradually, the growing romance between Roderick and Stella inches its way to the center at the same time the danger to young Stella heightens.It s fantastic that this long out of print classic is now available on Kindle The forward in the Kindle version contains a wealth of information about Macardle, her work and life It s several pages in the Kindle and is well worth reading The Uninvited inspired the finest film of its kind ever made, starring Ray Milland and the lovely Gail Russell You don t want to miss either the book or the film, and now that Macardle s fine novel is back in print, you don t have to


  3. Nancy Oakes Nancy Oakes says:

    Oh my gosh, did I ever have fun with this book and then with the film The story, in a very brief nutshell, revolves around the perfect house on the Devon Coast, Cliff End It is supposed to the be setting for a pair of siblings idyllic country life as they decide to leave London behind, but things don t turn out as planned Although warned by the seller that the house was said to have been the site of some disturbances that had driven away former tenants, the house is perfect for Roddy and P Oh my gosh, did I ever have fun with this book and then with the film The story, in a very brief nutshell, revolves around the perfect house on the Devon Coast, Cliff End It is supposed to the be setting for a pair of siblings idyllic country life as they decide to leave London behind, but things don t turn out as planned Although warned by the seller that the house was said to have been the site of some disturbances that had driven away former tenants, the house is perfect for Roddy and Pamela Fitzgerald However, it doesn t take long before they start noticing a few strange occurrences, which only intensify as time goes on When their first houseguests arrive, things get even stranger the horror becomes gradually worse to the point where the Fitzgeralds realize that the only smart thing would be to leave Cliff End Ultimately, though, they realize that everything they re experiencing seems to center directly on the daughter of one of the now dead inhabitants, a young woman named Stella Neither of them really want to leave, so the only thing left is to find some sort of solution to be able to face down whatever it is that is currently in control of their lives, and while doing so, hopefully preventing Stella from coming to any sort of harm.I was so into this book that the least little disruption gave me fits I really enjoyed this one and can t recommend it highly enough If like me, you re into older supernatural works this one is from 1942 , then do not miss the novel While it may seem tame in today s world, there is a LOT going on here and quite frankly, it s downright spooky Book 1 in this year s Halloween readingabout it and about the film at myhttp www.oddlyweirdfiction.com 2016


  4. Issicratea Issicratea says:

    I can see why Dorothy Macardle s 1941 novel The Uninvited has been resuscitated as a recovered voice by the Irish independent publisher Tramp Press It s an amusing, stylish book, reminiscent of Daphne du Maurier s novels or of Geoffrey Household s Rogue Male plot driven, period page turners, with sufficient strength and subtlety in the writing to make the experience of reading them as satisfying as reading manyself consciously literary novels I suspect that you would need to beof I can see why Dorothy Macardle s 1941 novel The Uninvited has been resuscitated as a recovered voice by the Irish independent publisher Tramp Press It s an amusing, stylish book, reminiscent of Daphne du Maurier s novels or of Geoffrey Household s Rogue Male plot driven, period page turners, with sufficient strength and subtlety in the writing to make the experience of reading them as satisfying as reading manyself consciously literary novels I suspect that you would need to beof a ghosty person than I am to enjoy this book to the full I don t mind a haunted house as a motif, but I like my uncanny presences to be barely sketched, as in the short stories of Hoffmann or M R James or possibly also Walter de la Mare, whom Macardle intriguingly name checks here as an influence Once spirits are out in the open and the mechanics of haunting come under scrutiny, my interest rather wanes What I liked very much in this novel was the prolonged, pre ghost set up period, when Macardle s protagonists, a quietly charming, twenty something Anglo Irish brother and sister, Roderick and Pamela Fitzgerald, fall in love with a Devonian seaside house and find themselves inexorably drawn into its spell Both characters are very well drawn, as are the sharply characterized minor figures Macardle adriotly arrays around them their suave London friends Max and Judith the wonderfully named and appropriately fey theatrical couple, Wendy and Peter dour Dr Scott dourer Commander Brooke the Commander s vulnerable and passionate granddaughter Stella heart of gold Irish housekeeper Lizzie, etc There is apparently a famous 1944 movie of the novel, which I feel I am really going to have to seek out.One thing I liked about reading this novel was making the acquaintance of the author herself, who sounds an interesting figure an Irish republican, briefly imprisoned during the Irish Civil War in the 1920s a journalist with the League of Nations in Czechoslovakia in the 1930s and a feminist who strongly objected against the 1937 Irish Constitution s conservative interpretation of women s role I read up about Macardle s life only after completing the novel, but it definitely adds a further dimension to the text in retrospect Ideals of good and bad womanhood, and maternity in particular, float through the plot like wisps of ghostly ectoplasm, clustering balefully around the repressed, semi rebellious figure of Stella, on whose choices the plot largely turns


  5. Barbara Barbara says:

    Through the first two thirds of the book this was a 3 star read for me But towards the end, action picked up, and led to an exciting ending The personalities and dialogue are old fashioned as this was written in the 1940 s It is, however, a classic of Irish literature, and was recently republished by Tramp Press the author, Macardle s own story as a feminist and revolutionary is interesting These days many would disagree with her ardent support of Eamonn De Valera, a leader in the 1916 upri Through the first two thirds of the book this was a 3 star read for me But towards the end, action picked up, and led to an exciting ending The personalities and dialogue are old fashioned as this was written in the 1940 s It is, however, a classic of Irish literature, and was recently republished by Tramp Press the author, Macardle s own story as a feminist and revolutionary is interesting These days many would disagree with her ardent support of Eamonn De Valera, a leader in the 1916 uprising, Anglo Irish war, and the Irish Civil War Despite his revolutionary beginnings, De Valera came to embody the conservative values that made the lives of so many Irish citizens miserable for decades, especially for women.A brother and sister leave London after buying a house in Cornwall He is a playwright and his sister appears to be neurotic They are half Irish, and still have ties to Ireland The house is haunted, and although they are warned, they move in As the story builds, the haunting takes ahold of many of the characters The ghost story is well done, and the story builds to a satisfying resolution


  6. Jack Tripper Jack Tripper says:

    Here s the cover of the 1946 Bantam mass market paperback 341 pages Here s the cover of the 1946 Bantam mass market paperback 341 pages


  7. Jane Jane says:

    A classic ghost story..Roddy and Pamela are brother and sister, and they are searching the Devon coast to find a new home He is a playwright who wants to escape the complications of London life, and she has just been released from years of caring for their sick father.They find the house of their dreams It stood alone not far from the edge of a cliff, it was uninhabited and it appeared to have been neglected for quite some time, but they saw its potential And they saw a for sale sign T A classic ghost story..Roddy and Pamela are brother and sister, and they are searching the Devon coast to find a new home He is a playwright who wants to escape the complications of London life, and she has just been released from years of caring for their sick father.They find the house of their dreams It stood alone not far from the edge of a cliff, it was uninhabited and it appeared to have been neglected for quite some time, but they saw its potential And they saw a for sale sign They find the owner, an elderly man with a granddaughter just out of boarding school He seems reluctant to sell the house, and reluctant to explain why, but Roddy is persuasive.The house will be theirs.Roddy and Pamela are full of ideas for refurbishing the house and making it into a home and they dismiss local gossip that says that the house is haunted, and that terrified tenants had fled They saw nothing amiss They invite an old family retainer, Lizzie, to become their housekeeper they enjoy the simple pleasures of life in the country and they make plans to invite friends to stay.All of this is wonderfully readable, and utterly of its time.I liked Roddy and Pamela I found it easy to understand who they were, where they were in life The sibling relationship was particularly well drawn they were a team.They had thought things through they knew that their circumstances were likely to change, that they wouldn t always want to share a home, and they had made provision for that.In between the house talk and the ghost talk there were allusions to their Irish home and it was clear that their roots and their history were important to them.It was interesting to follow sensible, practical people into a ghost story.It was obvious there was going to be a ghost story Roddy was telling the story and the substance of the book was a manuscript, introduced by a letter explaining that it was an account of what had happened in Devon.That meant that a degree of suspense was lost I knew from the start that something had happened and I knew, from the tone, that the Fitzgerald s had been able to put whatever had happened behind them.During a housewarming party, a friend of Roddy and Pamela s is profoundly disturbed by something she sees in the mirror of the spare bedroom Roddy spends the next night in that spare bedroom, and finds himself overcome by fear and foreboding And then, when Roddy and Pamela away from the house, Lizzie is terrified by something that she sees emerging from that room, something that she can not find the words to explain.That is the turning point.They know that something happened in that house They suspect that it involves Stella, the granddaughter of the man who reluctantly sold them the house, because she is drawn to them and to that room.The story unwinds slowly as Roderick and Pamela set about uncovering the history of their home, in the hope that when they know what has happened there they can somehow put things right The mystery, the ghost story and the story of country life are beautifully wrapped together.A romance grows between Roddy and Stella and that complicates the story because the house had been Stella s childhood home, because the haunting of the house had its roots in a tragedy that happened then, and because whenever the Fitzgerald s saw the possibility of a resolution they also saw the possibility of harm to Stella.I had an idea of how the mystery would pay out at an early stage, but that didn t spoil the story It was an utterly believable human tragedy, and I could understood how and why it had happened And I was caught up with Roddy and Pamela as they struggled to work out what had happened and what they could, what they should, do.The plot was was well thought out, it drew in a lovely range of people and incidents, and it had things to say This story of ordinary people in extraordinary circumstance speaks of the importance of home, of the roles that mothers can play, and of the consequences of their absence I d call this a very good almost great ghost story.And a lovely period piece


  8. Maria Hill AKA MH Books Maria Hill AKA MH Books says:

    A classic haunted house story Written in the late 30 s early 40 s this novel is about an Anglo Irish brother and sister the Fitzgerald s who move to a rural house situated on a cliff edge in Devonshire They can barely afford it but still, it is the house of their dreams until of course, they discover it is haunted As in most of these tales, the couple and their friends must solve the mystery of who and why is haunting their house in order to eliminate the ghosts Not to do so would mean giv A classic haunted house story Written in the late 30 s early 40 s this novel is about an Anglo Irish brother and sister the Fitzgerald s who move to a rural house situated on a cliff edge in Devonshire They can barely afford it but still, it is the house of their dreams until of course, they discover it is haunted As in most of these tales, the couple and their friends must solve the mystery of who and why is haunting their house in order to eliminate the ghosts Not to do so would mean giving up their beloved home This isliterary than narrative based fiction and is a slow burner very reminiscent of some of the Victorian ghost tales I have read, Charlotte Riddell comes to mind There are themes here on the true importance of Motherhood and the danger of considering all Mothers to be saints There is a wonderful character portrayal in the personage of their Irish housekeeper Lizzie I also enjoyed MacArdle s discussions on playwriting and the 1930 s literary scene she was herself at this time chiefly a playwright I chuckled at the very Enid Blyton like descriptions of the food they were eating I could have murdered that cheese omelet The essential mystery of the reason for the haunting is easily solved but the ending still does not disappoint I have just finished watching the 1944 movie that was made based on the book and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys the book


  9. Cphe Cphe says:

    Atmospheric story of a haunted house known as Cliff End off the coast of Devon A solidly plotted ghost story with a couple of twists and turns to keep the reader guessing Enjoyed the tone of the novel and the complex history of the haunting A tad dated but it just added to the overall style of the novel.


  10. Peggy Peggy says:

    Re reading an old favorite because I just saw the play and re watched the movie another old favorite.


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