A novelist at the fringe of realism

NEW YORK• Emma Tennant, who blended fantasy, science fiction and social satire in dozens of novels that explored the borderland between daylight and dreams, anatomised contemporary Britain and updated the works of Jane Austen and other classic writers in sequels that often had a feminist twist, died on Jan 21 in London. She was 79.

The cause was posterior cortical atrophy, a rare form of Alzheimer’s disease, her daughter Rose Dempsey said.

An unusually prolific writer, Tennant produced dystopian fantasies such as The Time Of The Crack (1973), about a seismic fault under the Thames that destroys half of London, and comic novels of manners such as The Adventures Of Robina, By Herself: Being The Memoirs Of A Debutante At The Court Of Queen Elizabeth II (1986).

In Alice Fell (1980), one of many novels in which she looked deeply into the psychology of modern women, she recast the myth of Persephone and

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