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5.0 out of 5 stars Gritty yet sophisticated - a challenging and moving read, 20 Oct 2010
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This review is from: Grace Williams Says it Loud (Hardcover)
Emma Henderson's brand new book "Grace Williams says it loud" is a fresh and, to a traditional reader, perhaps uncomfortably frank approach to novel-writing and to how society copes with people who do not fit in with normal life. The subject-matter is basic, the style gritty, yet at the same time her account is structured and sophisticated. Through a powerful first person narrative she opens up a vivid but uneasy perspective into a different shadowy world that we all knew existed but mainly chose to ignore. It is not all gloom and doom, however, as she presents us with detailed accounts of the resilience of human beings, many of whom are barely recognised as such by much of the world around them, and their attempts to brighten their lives with humour and even love. The ending also answers with a loud affirmative the question as to whether British society has made any progress since the 1950's! A book which surprises, enlightens and moves the reader and must surely become a modern classic.
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