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With No Crying Hardcover – Dec 1980

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Celia Fremlin (1914-2009) was born in Kent and educated at Berkhamsted School for Girls and Somerville College, Oxford, where she read classics and philosophy. During the Second World War she worked for the Mass Observation project, an experience that resulted in her first published book, War Factory (1943, available in Faber Finds), which recorded the experiences and attitudes of women war workers in a radar equipment factory outside Malmesbury, Wiltshire. Her first published novel of suspense was The Hours Before Dawn (1958), which went on to win the Mystery Writers of America's Edgar Allan Poe award for best crime novel in 1960. Over the next 35 years Fremlin published a further eighteen titles, including three collections of stories. Faber Finds is proud to be reissuing Celia Fremlin's complete oeuvre in paperback and ebook. 'Britain's equivalent to Patricia Highsmith, Celia Fremlin wrote psychological thrillers that changed the landscape of crime fiction for ever: her novels are domestic, subtle, penetrating - and quite horribly chilling.' Andrew Taylor 'Celia Fremlin is an astonishing writer, who explores that nightmare country where brain, mind and self battle to establish the truth. She illuminates her dark world with acute perception and great wit.' Natasha Cooper --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Book Club Review: Terrific 18 Nov. 2012
By Claire McManus - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
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With No Crying
Celia Fremlin

Our book club's book for November was WITH NO CRYING, by Celia Fremlin. Occasionally we read books by authors whose work we have read in the past, but admittedly it is fairly rare for us to do so, because part of the club's reason for being is our desire to experience new books we wouldn't have otherwise encountered or read.

But the last few months have been stressful, so we wanted something that would be witty and funny. And it's really hard to find a well-written book. A lot of them market themselves as "funny" but (and I'm speaking for the group here, not just myself) a lot of so-called "funny" books are just sort of stale and tired and NOT funny at all. BUT we had read a Celia Fremlin book in the past (THE JEALOUS ONE) and pretty much all of us loved it, so we decided to read another Fremlin and we are very glad we did. One of the reasons we chose this book is that most of us were able to find it in our library system or used because it's not in print (which is a shame).

A fairly short book (under 200 pages), WITH NO CRYING is the story of Miranda Field, a 15-year old girl who gets pregnant during her first sexual experience (with a popular boy who turns out, not surprisingly, to be a cad). Her parents, very progressive, try to talk her into having an abortion, but Miranda is dead-set against it. She ultimately gives in and then so resents her parents that she runs away and pretends to still be pregnant. She is taken in by a group of kindhearted squatters in London, who support her. One flatmate is very suspicious of Miranda and sets a plot in motion that will lead to the truth coming out. In the meantime, Miranda grows increasingly desperate - and a baby in its stroller disappears from a London street...

Fremlin, we all agreed, pulls off a very delicate balancing act here. The book was published in 1981, and its frank talk of abortion was a bit surprising to some of us (it seemed ahead of its time that way). And yet Fremlin manages to be very funny and very insightful at the same time. While the plot is fairly linear (and is propelled forward more by the characters' personalities than by the traditional elements of a mystery book) there is one really good turnabout that almost none of us saw coming (we admired that). An added bonus is that Fremlin satirizes novels and novelists a little bit, and that was fun to read.

Overall, this is a terrific book - well written, great characters, hilariously funny, good plot, involving story, and nice and short! (So many books seem so padded these days.) While it can be difficult to find, it's not impossible, so I am glad to recommend a really wonderful book (with the caveat that the discussions of abortion may make it a difficult read for some people, not only because of the subject matter but also because of the author's approach to the topic).
Hilariously funny? 2 April 2013
By Audrey L. Orenstein - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I really liked this book, but for the ending more than anything else. Without giving too much away, it's a good mother-daughter read that may open up a teen's mind to the feelings that parents go through when their youngest child becomes an independent teen. Well written, short, interesting story. Anything humorous about it went over my head.
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