The Third Miss Symons (VMC) Paperback – 10 Aug 1987
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Mayor's achievement is to take the "superfluous female" of the Victorian census return, and transform her into a figure of luminous importance (INDEPENDENT)
As a literary study of that now-extinct creature, the Victorian spinster, it shines (GUARDIAN)
This is a great work of fiction, with deep emotional, moral, intellectual and social content.. (Susan Hill)
*A marvellous, moving novel of solitude, spinsterhood and, above all, triumph.
*An extraordinary many faceted account of one woman, and the richness of her being.
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With an interesting introduction by Susan Hill, and a Preface by John Masefield, Miss Mayor's brief novel is a wise, perceptive and authentic portrayal of a woman who is trapped as much by her personality as she is by her circumstances, and where the author is very straightforward about her heroine's character flaws: "…it was because [Henrietta] was so unlovable that she was so little loved." This is a sad and, at times, a frustrating story (which makes the reader want to step inside the book and give Henrietta some much-needed advice or, as Susan Hill comments in her introduction, to give her a 'good shake'), but it's impossible not to feel for Henrietta and to become involved in her poignant and cautionary tale.