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on 9 February 2001
An insight into the life of the insular Rose Pendlebury - who exists, trapped in the past by her insecurities, with her retired husband Stanley. She is a curtain twitcher and reluctantly becomes involved with her new next door neighbours. Mrs Pen is a fabulous character, almost a caricature, but then you pinch yourself and empathise that there probably are elderly folk just like her in every respect. Stanley provides the foil to Mrs Pens ups and downs. The novel deals with the changing relationship between Mrs Pen and her neighbours, Alice & Tony, the barriers that are broken, then re-erected between the families.
Does this sound like an interesting book? No, I didn't think so either but I was very pleasantly surprised and would recommend it highly.