Books which inform, as well as tell a great story, are always a good find. I'd put Judith Barrow's 'Pattern of Shadows' and 'Changing Patterns' into this category. The era that is depicted is now long gone, but Judith Barrow brings it to life once more within these pages. This is authentic historical fiction. The novels are successful through their narrative scope, with extremely realistic and sharp dialogue. The author's strength lies in her portrayal of believable characters and the relationships they build, as she confidently shows us the pattern of their lives. Judith Barrow gets right under the skin of the judgemental and difficult wartime and post-war eras of Britain, and just tells it how it is.