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The Last Hope of Girls [Paperback]

Susie Boyt
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4 Feb 2002
Newly installed as resident caretaker of four half-derelict West End flats, Martha Brazil can scarcely believe her luck. After years of stuffy bedsits and suburban flatshares, the future seems electric with the promise of renovation and repair. Surely, anything might happen to a girl who embraces it with gusto...But even in her new home painful memories will intrude: of a high-handed father, a mother willing to embrace only the chronically dispossessed, and a beloved brother whose antics have estranged him from the family.


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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Review; New edition edition (4 Feb 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747265151
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747265153
  • Product Dimensions: 19.2 x 12.8 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 992,163 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Her novels.... vibrate with a subtly psychotherapeutic tone... her skill lies in the unravelling of intentions' -- Guardian

About the Author

Susie Boyt, daughter of the painter, Lucian Freud, was born in London in 1969. She is the author of THE NORMAL MAN , which was read on Radio 4's Woman's Hour, and THE CHARACTERS OF LOVE. She lives in Regents Park.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Describes the atmosphere of Oxford Street well 1 Dec 2002
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The descriptions of Oxford Street in London was very good, as was the way the author described the character browsing through the department stores, lost amongst the crowds. Even if you'd never been there, you could imagine just how it might be like. However, I was disappointed in the way the central character was not very well developed. Numerous times, when she reacted to something I could not understand why, and was often surprised by her response as I did not have a feel of what she was really like. One minute the book seemed to be a typical girly novel, and then the next minute it was trying to touch on some other serious issues (eg drugs)but does not manage to do either effectively.
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The Last Hope of Girls is an excellent book which tackles very serious subjects with an extremely light touch. A sensitive and intuitive writer, Boyt explores the difficulties of family life with insight and humour, creating characters that are powerful and stay in the reader's mind for a long time. The book cretaes a world in which black commedy is expertly combined with exasperation and hope. I loved it.
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