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Saturday, 21 October 2017


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Mike Walmer

Huge thanks for covering it, Helen - so pleased that it caught you up and wasn't a trial and a soul-strangling experience. Have always loved that "several mouths watered"....

Harriet Devine

Great review - sounds amazing.


You're very welcome, Mike, and thank you very much for the review copy - a really nice edition. Yes, I loved that bit too! It still makes me laugh.

Harriet, it's quite an eccentric novel and not quite like anything else, though you might find echoes in Lolly Willowes, The Love Child, Lud-in-the-Mist. I loved it, as you might have noticed, but there's a really good review here: (much better than mine I might add). :)

Café Society

I love people who are 'not sufficiently humble' they so often get right up the noses of those who think they are entitled - my personal bête noire.


Alex! I've just realised that this is you, and that you have a lovely new blog home. I'm so glad your eyes have stabilised and you're enjoying reading again.

Lots of rebelling in this book! But disappointments too. I wonder what you'd make of it?

Café Society

Thank you Helen. I am so glad to be back. I am certainly going to keep my eyes out for this. I like something out of the ordinary and this definitely seems to fit that particular bill.

Jenny @ Reading the End

Awwww, this sounds SO charming. I love the excerpts you've quoted! I'll have to see if Americans can easily acquire this book.


Alex, I think you might like it! Though I must add, I persuaded my mother to read it and she loathed it. But I have MUCH better taste than her, and I'm sure you do too!

Jenny, it is indeed very charming, in fact I think it pushes charming to its limits. But angry and anti-war too...


Lovely review! I have this lurking on the review pile, courtesy of Mike, and I've read another Benson he brought out. She was such an individual writer, and it's shocking really that she's not better known I think!


There is certainly more Benson in my future!

I am sure you will love this one. It has a tinge of The Master and Margarita about it, though it's very 'British'.

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