This delightful novel describes the post-war summer of 1946 - and follows the growing-up of three young women in the months between leaving school and taking up their scholarships at university. Una Vane, whose widowed mother runs a hairdressing salon in her front room, goes bicycling with Ray, the boy who delivers the fish and milk. Hetty Fallowes struggles to become independent of her possessive, loving, tactless mother. And Lieselotte Klein, who had arrived in 1939 on a train from Hamburg, uncovers tragedy in the past and magic in the present.
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A charming book
Jane Gardam never disappoints
Near the top of any list.
'The Ruffian on the stair' read by Bill Wallis. Superbly drawn characters, all of them, even the minor ones
She is a superb narrator, clearly differentiating the characters and being consistent throughout. - it is apparent that she has done a lot of reading/preparation before committing to tape.
It reminded my of my own end-of-schooldays and preparation for university.
I have recommended the book to several friends. Some listened via Audible, some read hard copy, all greatly enjoyed it.