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A great first novel,
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This review is from: Park Lane (Hardcover)
It would be easy to dismiss this as a 'bandwagon' novel cashing in on the success of Downton or Upstairs Downstairs, but what makes this different is the clear journalistic knowledge of the period that goes into this first novel. The historical backdrops are not just there for plot convenience (I'm referring to the real events that Osborne describes as her heroine is introduced to the suffragette movement for example) but give the fictional events a social depth and resonance that one won't find in Julian Fellowes' work (good though he is!) The painstaking research that was so enjoyable in 'The Bolter' has been transferred with style and skill to a fascinating period of historical upheaval that has been so oft visited by others, yet Osborne manages to make it feel fresh. My only criticism is that I would have liked the book to be a couple of hundred pages longer - the characters are so well drawn that I missed them instantly on finishing the book - a sure sign of a successful novel.