Top positive review
on 11 March 2018
This is the World Service.
A wonderful discovery. War-time atmophere on the Home Front, not as historical fiction,imagined by a youngster, with benefit of hindsight, modern political correct revisionism, but as it was experienced by someone who was there. Office politics and romance. The subtlty of character and human communication. Isolated souls. The arbitary nature of the world, seen from a slightly oblique angle. Sensitive and intelligent. Finely tuned. a narrative poem. Requires concentration. She refuses to dish it all out on a plate and insists that you participate and fill in the elipsises.
Pinter comes to mind or perhaps it's really Becket. Those better read will recognise the influences.You either accept her conditions, fall under her hypnotising spell and 'get it' or it passes you by and it is your loss. Feminine, in the positive sense, intimate, moving, the horrible business of living and remaining human in terrible times, a small canvas of needlework, like Jane's little piece of ivory. A welfare state Austen.
If you value and have a taste for war-time London stories, as I do, then this is for you. The millieu reminded me of Nigel Balchin's blitz-novel 'Darkness Falls from the Air' and 'The Small Back
I dismissed it at the time as not for me but now the right time has arrived for me and I'm grateful that I finally, if belatedly, caught up.