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By Battersea Bridge by Janet Davey
By Battersea Bridge by Janet Davey
Our heroine in Janet Davey's latest novel is Anita Mostyn, who is in her early thirties, and the younger sister of Barney and Mark, her marvellous elder brothers, the apples of their mother's eye. The Mostyn parents, Veronica and Howard, have a home in Hampshire, a mews house in London and a property in France, but Anita does not really feel totally at home in any of these places, or in her flat in Chelsea, a property she bought with the help of her parents. Anita is a very attractive, but fragile young woman, who has always felt inferior to her brothers:"sharpened by the pain of being the odd one out"; she works in an art gallery and, with more than one failed relationship behind her, she… Read more
English Correspondence by Janet Davey
English Correspondence by Janet Davey
4.0 out of 5 stars English Correspondence, 31 Aug 2014
Janet Davey's debut novel 'English Correspondence' centres on Sylvie, who lives in the Meuse department of North East France with her husband, Paul, and their little boy, Lucien. Sylvie and Paul run a guest house, which was bought with financial help from Paul's parents, and which focuses on good food cooked by the exacting and focused Paul, who is keen to make his name as a chef. Born and raised in France by a French mother and an English father, Sylvie with her flair for organisation, derives satisfaction from her work, but when her father dies in London (where he has been living after the death of Sylvie's mother) and Sylvie is deprived of the letters and books he sends her, she is left… Read more
The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters
The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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Sarah Waters' entertaining latest novel takes us back to the London of 1922, four years after the end of the Great War, and focuses on Frances Wray, an unmarried twenty-six-year-old woman, who lives with her widowed mother in their once genteel home on Champion Hill. Now in financial difficulty after the death of Mr Wray, who was less than careful with his money, and the deaths of both of Frances' brothers in the war, Frances and her mother are forced to take in paying guests to make ends meet. Enter Leonard and Lilian Barber, with their 'refined elocution-class accents', their gramophone and their rather Bohemian-style 'bits and bobs' to brighten up their lodging… Read more