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Bewitched by the author!,
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This review is from: All The Nice Girls (Paperback)
I have the greatest respect for Joan Bakewell and was totally seduced by the fact that this was her first attempt at a novel. It was a must buy for me but I was very disappointed. It was competently written (which was to be expected) and it had a story to tell which was partly based on fact - usually good - but it was slight and by no means gripping. The beginning was slow and ponderous and getting into it was not helped by starting in 1942 and then thrusting the reader forward to 2003 and then back to the war and then forward again. I find this technique off putting and it therefore took a long time for me to be familiar with, and understand, not only the characters, but the thrust of the story. The best I can say is that it was readable. I did get to the end.