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A short review of a short book!
on 4 January 2016
This is a very short read amounting to 100 pages of relatively large print for an almost half-size paperback. In buying it I wasn’t sure what I would gain from it that hadn’t been portrayed in the film, which I really enjoyed, however it IS worth reading. What comes across in the book is a fuller portrait of Miss Shepherd than we see in the film, including a much more graphic account of the squalor in which she lived, something which is alluded to, but never seen in all its filth in the screenplay. There were two or three occasions when I gasped at what I had just read, it was just so revolting that a human being could choose to live in these conditions. What is also more apparent in the book is Bennett’s protectiveness towards Miss Shepherd when she is taunted by those who see her as a source of amusement. This softer side to him wasn’t always demonstrated in the film.
I would say that the film and the book complement each other and that there’s no reason not to treat yourself to both! My one gripe with the book is that for its size it is a VERY expensive read per page – time your purchase for when it’s on offer.