6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Merry enough, if not quite finest hour and a half,
This review is from: Their Finest Hour And A Half (Paperback)
Evans has written an amusing tale of Britain on the Home Front in the Second World War, seen through the POV of a film crew churning out Ministry Of Information Films as part of the war effort, specifically designed to try and bring America into the war.
As I'm particularly fond of novels about theatre, film et al, the background of the story appealed. Evans is perhaps a little too free with the role of coincidence to drive the plot forward, and her characters, through quite nicely quirky, don't really stray too far from their own 'types', and I'd say the book, at 414 pages of quite small type (I assume to try and stop it being an obviously overlong book of 600 pages of a more normal size typeface) is overlong, and needed some drastic pruning.
An enjoyable read, but I'm unlikely to want to revisit it again - despite the enjoyable creation of the rampantly egotistical actor Ambrose Hilliard - though it does make me want to dust off a couple of theatre novels with a much stronger smell of greasepaint lingering in the memory than Their Finest Hour and a Half provided for olfactory celluloid!
Now, where are J.B. Priestley's The Good Companions (Penguin modern classics) and Michael Blakemore's Next Season, with their differently wonderful evocations of live theatre.....