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Never Such Innocence [Hardcover]

Nicola Thorne
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  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd; 1st ed edition (11 Feb 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0246123265
  • ISBN-13: 978-0246123268
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 16 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,271,917 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Nicola Thorne was born in South Africa and, after a spell in New Zealand with her mother who was born in Wellington, came to England as a child where her parents finally separated. She spent her youth in the North of England, where she was educated first at a convent school and then a co-educational school. After completing her education at the London School of Economics she then spent most of her adult life in London. She has made a long career as a writer and is the author of over fifty novels. For a number of years Nicola has been among the top most borrowed authors from public libraries in the UK (PLR statistics) and many of her books have been published in foreign languages apart from English. After fifteen years spent in Dorset, she now lives in Devon.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting study of 19th century British manners 29 Sep 2012
I found this book by accident and picked it up simply on account of the picture of the pyramids and the 19th century clothing of the two characters featured. I am reading everything I can find about the history of the Middle East (and now Africa) in order to understand all the ramifications of colonialism.
The author's writing style is very fluid and she tells a great story about family dynamics set in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. She also makes wonderful use of extensive historical research into the politics and sociological trends of the period, so one can learn much without really trying. Perhaps the clincher for me is the evenhandedness with which each major character is treated, becoming aware of their own failings and struggling to enhance their strengths. Thus we avoid the one-dimensional traps of the wicked mother-in-law, the lonely spinster sister, the thwarted husband, etc. Life is so much complicated and Thorne captures these nuances in a very entertaining and thoughtful manner.
I wonder if subsequent parts of this trilogy are as strong? The reviews do not seem as positive as I might have hoped.Never Such Innocence
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4.0 out of 5 stars Never Such Innocence 29 Feb 2012
this book by Nicola Thorne is the first of a triology. It is a first class read which I enjoyed very much. It has given me a platform to read the other two books in the triology both of which I already had before I tracked down the publication on amazon
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