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What the Grown-Ups Were Doing: An Odyssey Through 1950s Suburbia
What the Grown-Ups Were Doing: An Odyssey Through 1950s Suburbia
by Michele Hanson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £14.94

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If Jane Austen was Jewish and lived in Ruislip...., 29 Feb. 2012
Michele Hanson's perfect prose and piercing wit never lose empathy for those she depicts in this comic memoir. For devotees of her Guardian columns this is like getting a bumper crop in one volume. An absolute treat. Difficult themes are not avoided - this is not a two dimensional memoir where all is sunny and funny. The darker side of life is acknowledged and people are not all good or bad (though perhaps one aunt falls mainly into the baddie camp). I loved the book and would happily recommend it. I like to imagine Jane Austen and Michele Hanson together helpless with laughter at the foibles of their family and friends; I think they share the same comic vision and writing ability.

What the Grown-ups Were Doing: An Odyssey Through 1950s Suburbia.


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