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Walking Naked (VMC Book 469) by [Bawden, Nina]
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Length: 221 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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Continually surprising, witty and often disquieting, Walking Naked is one of Nina Bawden's most impressive novels. 'Her heroine stands before us ... a looking glass through which to see ourselves' Cosmopolitan

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Dazzlingly effective ... not easy to forget' Financial Times

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 588 KB
  • Print Length: 221 pages
  • Publisher: Virago; New edition edition (3 Nov. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
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By Kate Hopkins TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 16 Jan. 2012
Format: Hardcover
'Walking Naked' is a cunning mixture of autobiography and fiction. In her autobiography 'In My Own Time' Bawden admits that the novel is partly inspired by a crazy day that she and her second husband Austen Kark shared, racing from a tennis game to a Boat Race party to a visit to Bawden's older son, in prison for possession of drugs, to a visit to Bawden's father in Kent (as with the father in the book, Bawden believed her father was dying; by the time she got down to Kent he'd recovered). Bawden gives her novelist heroine parents with professions the same as hers (sailor father and teacher mother, though she replaces her two brothers with a little sister who dies early on in the book). She even, mischievously, accredits one of her own novels to her heroine, Laura ('A Woman of My Age'.) But as Bawden writes in her autobiography, Laura is not her - her husband, family situation and character are rather different to Bawden's.

'Walking Naked' takes place over a single day, as Laura travels with her banker husband Andrew to watch him play a game of 'Real Tennis' with an American colleague, as they visit their friends William and Rosie for a Boat Race party, as they spend an uncomfortable hour with Laura's drifting twenty-something son Jeremy in prison, where he's being held (unfairly?) for possession of cannabis, at Laura's parents' house where her father is recovering from an unexpected illness (caused by not taking some of his pills) and finally, after some unexpected and unpleasant news, on the road home.
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