Diary of an Ordinary Woman Hardcover – 6 Mar 2003
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'.a beautifully crafted novel. Forster is as distinguised a biographer and memoir-writer as she is a novelist. .' -- Daily Telegraph. March 1, 2003
'Diary of an Ordinary Woman is certainly more gripping and more immediate than many novels..Forster has pulled off an imaginative feat.' -- Literary Review. March 2003
'Equally at home with memoir, fiction or biography, Margaret Forster has here produced a hybrid of all three.... richly textured and highly enjoyable.' -- Times Literary Supplement. March 7, 2003
'Once the reader is ensnared...the book remains irresistable. Utterly captivating and quite...quite extraordinary.' -- Manchester Evening News. March 1, 2003
'There is a pace and momentum to this book which keeps you reading. It may be fiction but it's also convincingly, tragically and often exhilarating-real life.' -- Independent on Sunday. March 9, 2003
'I rushed through this novel and enjoyed it enormously - what she experienced in her very "ordinariness" was shared by thousands of real women of her generation' Val Hennessey, Daily Mail --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product description
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on 26 March 2003
Margaret Forster is definitely one of my favourite authors. Everything she writes is clever and thought-provoking, yet different from what has gone before. With this book she's achieved another success and I recommend it highly. The diary format follows the life of "an ordinary woman" through most of the 20th century, and how cleverly the style changes to reflect age and experience! On the face of it you might think the life of a woman who never married and had no children or successful career would be dull. Far from it - Millicent King faces life bravely, survives many tragedies, comes up trumps when it matters - and along the way you find yourself identifying with her and understanding her generation better than you did before.
on 28 March 2017
Ive not completed this yet but having read the reviews here first understand this book is fiction. I'm afraid the author led us up the garden path with the book's Introduction. This described how she went to meet the owner of the diaries (Millie's relatives) and agreed to edit them into a book. You are led to believe all that is written is true - an historical account. I'm thoroughly enjoying the read but am pleased I tumbled to it being fiction otherwise I'd have felt annoyed at the end!
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