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A DEBUT NOVEL,
This review is from: All The Nice Girls (Paperback)
Difficult to give an opinion on this novel.Joan Bakewell is well known for her views, the programes that she has done over the years, and the epithet that was applied to her as'thinking man's crumpet,so it was difficult to divorce all these views when reading 'All the nice girls'.The novel was rather tedious in parts,altough not boring rather laboured. The descriptions of Liverpool,the docks,life in a 1940's grammar school were evocative and well described,the characterisations were rather limp, and without force,though the feeling of loss that Cynthia from the 1st World War had came across strongly. The conclusion of the novel brought all the strands together in a good and interesting way, and left one feeling with a satisfactory outcome of the events that had occured. The tale was one that must have happened to many people at this time,most families probably have a similar tale to tell,so therefore I think more could have been made of this, and perhaps further areas could have been developed to make this an even better novel.
I would recommewnd this as a read as it entertaining,occasionally thought provoking, and an insight into the feelings that people had during the early 40's and passes the time in a pleasurable way, and it is light novel to read-train journeys and airports.