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The House at the End of Hope Street

by Menna van Praag

The House at the End of Hope Street by Menna van Praag
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    Apr 2013, 304 pages
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    Mar 2014, 304 pages

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An enchanted house and its proprietress offer shelter and encouragement to women in need in Menna van Praag's charming novel

A couple of years ago, author Menna van Praag had a vision to "build an enormous house and let writers, artists, actors, singers live there for a year and fulfill their dream while not having to worry about paying the bills and just have all expenses paid." Since she has not yet earned the "millions of pounds" needed to make the dream a reality, she wrote a book about it instead.

The House at the End of Hope Street is that book, and the titular house, at 11 Hope Street, is van Praag's dream house. It is a mysterious and magical place in Cambridge, England:

The house has stood at the end of Hope Street for nearly two hundred years. It's larger than all the others, with turrets and chimneys rising into the sky. The front garden grows wild, the long grasses scattered with cowslips, reaching toward the low-hanging leaves of the willow trees. At night the house looks like a Victorian ...

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