Porky Paperback – 4 Nov 2004
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"Illuminates with great compassion how love can so easily go off the rails" (Daily Mail)
"At once eerily exuberant and bleak, this is a compassionate, tough book" (Observer)
"Deborah Moggach conveys with chilling skill the process by which a fundamentally bright, decent child becomes infested by corruption" (Spectator)
"Extraordinarily skilful" (Anita Brookner)
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the book focuses on some real life issues and if you are at all interested in what makes people tick and how ones childhood can affect you then this is the book for you
A beautifully written and deeply sad book. Nineteen-year-old Heather, nicknamed Porky, begins by recalling her childhood. Her mother could not express any feelings, Heather could not communicate with her, and she was absent most of the day working at Heathrow Airport, just across the road where they had their mean little bungalow on a derelict and desolate patch of land which hardly ever saw anybody else. Her father had once been a traveller, but his wife had made him settle down. It was an unhappy marriage. He loved his little girl and looked after her, though she often had to wait for hours outside the pub while he was drinking inside. Until she went to school she had a lonely childhood and seemed satisfied with the absolute minimum of stimulus.
When she was ten and her mother was in hospital giving birth to her brother Teddy, her father began behaving inappropriately towards her. First she did not even realize it; then, in her ignorance, she began to misinterpret what had happened, making it considerably worse than at that stage it actually was. And when she tentatively asks some adults questions, their answers are just more bewildering. Eventually that is sorted out, but by the time she is thirteen, the inappropriate behaviour became worse, and then she suddenly realized that she has colluded in something that is wrong. First she felt very guilty, blaming herself; only later does she come to blame her father, too; but she allows him to carry on because she loved him and did not want to lose his love. But by the age of fifteen she had stopped loving him, and saw him for the inadequate slob he was.Read more ›
I'd say this & Final Demand are her best books.
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Awful. Hated this book. Had no idea it was about incest. Very disturbing.Published 19 months ago by Annette