A very affecting novel. The character of Tess is complex and intriguing - an introvert par excellence. It depicts a life lived through seven decades against the backdrop of historic events. It is never less than engaging and the prose is luminous.
... I had anticipated being able to use the radio with batteries OR on mains. However, the battery chamber is unsuited to fit six batteries, and, consequently, they tend to become dislodged causing such sound distortion that I have had to settle for using the radio on mains only. With that proviso, I am satisfied with my purchase.