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5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful, 18 Oct 2009
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This review is from: The Brontes Went to "Woolworths" (The Bloomsbury Group) (Paperback)
This is so charming, funny and touching. In the early 1930s the three high-spirited Carne sisters - Deirdre, a journalist, Katrine, an aspiring actress, and Sheil who is still in the schoolroom - and their widowed mother have tremendous fun (and exasperate Sheil's hapless uncomprehending governess) acting out ongoing fantasy sagas, which become vividly real to them, based on various figures who have taken their fancy, most notably a celebrated High Court Judge and his wife - and then one day Deirdre meets the latter in reality. A visitation by certain ghostly sisters from Yorkshire is almost merely a minor complication in their lives, and the title is only explained near the very end. (The Brontes turn out not to approve of Woolworths; but one wonders if their lives would have resembled those of the joyous Carnes if they'd lived in their liberated times.) Really it's impossible to precis but addictively readable and very refreshing. My only complaint is that I wished it had been twice the length and had five sequels.
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