The first in a series of eight Julia Probyn novels, The Lighthearted Quest displays a blend of humour and adventure which transports us to exotic places and introduces us to entertaining people, but also throws a good deal of light on the explosive political issues that French Morocco encountered in the 50s.
Ann Bridge (1889-1974), or Lady Mary Dolling (Sanders) O'Malley was born in Hertfordshire. Bridge's novels concern her experiences of the British Foreign Office community in Peking in China, where she lived for two years with her diplomat husband. Her novels combine courtship plots with vividly-realized settings and demure social satire. Bridge went on to write novels around a serious investigation of modern historical developments. In the 1970s Bridge began to write thrillers centered on a female amateur detective, Julia Probyn, as well writing travel books and family memoirs. Her books were praised for their faithful representation of foreign countries which was down to personal experience and thorough research.
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By Mrs on 23-07-17
the worst reading I have ever heard
What would have made The Lighthearted Quest better?
A different reader. Elizabeth Jasicki has clearly taken on board the fact that the lead character, Julia, speaks a little slowly. The trouble is that she reads everything at half speed as a result (unless this whole recording is played at half speed) and it drove me so mad that I didn't finish the book, something I have never done before.
Would you be willing to try another one of Elizabeth Jasicki’s performances?
Under no circumstances.
Any additional comments?
I think I've made my views clear. This is a great book, with a narrator who probably reads very well normally but has just not got it right this time. Avoid.