This review is from:
"A Young Women's Guide to Carrying on" . It is the debut novel by Jilly Wosskow.... and no... it's not another holiday guide.......
I was hooked right from the first page. lt was funny and made me laugh out loud, I loved the language used for the individual characters, recognising the local "speak" and read it right to the end in one session.
The writing portrays the attitude and social divisions as they were perceived in the 1970's, finishing with Society's acceptance of change by the time the Millenium arrived.
The story of Kathryn (or Kate), a 17 year old, leaves home in a huff, having no-where else to go. She had previously worked at "Grimley Manor" in Hathersage and now goes back and "grovels and cajoles" to get a job "living in". She soon gets into the swing of things: waiting at tables, "getting orders mixed up" and "servicing the bedrooms by spraying them with furniture polish" rather than cleaning them properly. Her outrageous friend, Dee-Dee, out for having fun and a jolly time, get's Kate into and out of a number of scrapes but remains a good friend throughout.
The individual characters - Kate's Mum, brother and father and also future husband Giles - are believable and well thought out. All have their own prejudices, most are conventional and straight laced. The Christmas party is gruesome, the meeting with Giles - Lord of Havers - fortuitous, and the fling with Jimmy leads to unwanted consequences. Love, adultery and "learning to bag a bloke" play a big part in the story and the reader experiences a roller coaster of emotions.
This is a cracking good read and a most enjoyable first Novel.