- Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: Abacus; New Ed edition (1 Jan. 1985)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0349114021
- ISBN-13: 978-0349114026
- Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 13.3 x 20.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 376,670 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Bilgewater (Abacus Books) Paperback – 1 Jan 1985
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My only problem with this book was with the ending - I couldn't decide if it was meant to be real or fantasy, as it appears to show a much older Marigold meeting the grown-up daughter of two of the previously teenage characters, yet the main body of the book wasn't noticeably old-fashioned in setting. But the last 2 or 3 pages don't change the fact that the bulk of this book is one of the most true-to-life stories of adolescence I have ever read.
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Another great read from Jane Gardham I am working my way through all her books.Published 8 days ago by Babsi
Although I was unable to relate, on a personal level to the main character, I did feel an empathy towards her as a young girl. We all have had to grow up, face disappointments. Read morePublished on 11 Sept. 2014 by blossom
Jane Gardam is a reliably excellent writer - and this doesn't disappoint.
I came to this after reading the Old Filth trilogy and A Long Way from Verona, and found it unengaging and lightweight by comparison. Read morePublished on 25 Mar. 2014 by Norman Housley
Re-reading this it is as fresh and funny and painful as ever ~ Jane Gardam is a quiet genius ! Joy PeachPublished on 16 Mar. 2014 by Joy Peach
A lovely casual but intriguing read. I couldn't put it down! You just wanted to see how each character would develop and the storyline gave you the journey you wanted as a reader. Read morePublished on 9 Aug. 2013 by mbe
Marigold Green - or Bill's daughter/Bilgewater, is an intelligent girl of 17/18 growing up as the daughter of a reclusive boarding school master. Read morePublished on 22 Jun. 2013 by Mrs. Fiona Wilton
What has Gardam written that isn't? She draws you in to her own slightly odd, slightly bitter, slightly hostile world and keeps you captive til the last page.Published on 15 Jun. 2013 by L I Fix