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This review is from: The Disgrace of Kitty Grey (Paperback)
Life is hard work but safe for Kitty in the country. A dairy maid on a big estate, she has a secure job, friends and even a sweetheart. What should be an exciting opportunity (a trip to London to purchase a copy of the newly-published Pride and Prejudice for her employers) turns into a nightmare. Country-bred, innocent Kitty is not street-wise enough for London.
This is an evocative story, as one would expect from Mary Hooper. The world is filtered through Kitty's innocent point of view and Hooper's writing is, as always, deceptively simple. Kitty's innocence is powerfully contrasted with the might of the establishment as it conspires to crush her.
The powerlessness of innocence and poverty in the face of a law designed to protect the already-wealthy is especially pertinent to us today, as we watch legal aid being removed from the most vulnerable. Kitty has no chance of avoiding the fate of all those so poor they are forced to break the law to survive. Or has she?
We have seen some wonderful settings in Mary Hooper's historical novels: laundry, funeral parlour, cress-selling, sweet-making and now a dairy-maid - so different in London to in the country. All beautifully evoked and described.
Beautifully researched, charmingly written; Kitty Grey is a delight.