Back to home page - News From Nowhere Radical & Community Bookshop

News From Nowhere Radical & Community Bookshop

not-for-profit - a workers'co-op - committed to social justice | 96 Bold Street, Liverpool L1 4HY - 0151 708 7270

The Finest Type of English Womanhood

by Rachel Heath - £7.99  Windmill Books (2010)
paperback    ISBN 13: 9780099532743 | ISBN 10: 0099532743

Costa Book Awards Shortlist, 2009.
It is 1946, and seventeen-year-old Laura Telling is stagnating in her dilapidated Sussex family home, while her eccentric parents slip further into isolation. A chance encounter with Paul Lovell offers her the chance to alter the course of her destiny - and to embark on a new life in South Africa.
Many miles north, sixteen-year-old Gay Gibson is desperate to escape Birkenhead. When the girls’ paths cross in Johannesburg, Laura is exposed to Gay’s wild life of parties and inappropriate liaisons. Each in their own worlds, but thrown together, the girls find their lives inextricably entangled, with fatal consequences...

"Heath combines imaginative, fast-paced storytelling with an unerring sense of period, place and mood...and exceptionally well-written, suspenseful novel."
"Excellent on the atmosphere of post-war Britain and the lure of South Africa...compellingly told, reminiscent of early Doris Lessing...the twists keep the reader glued to the novel."
"The writing is strong and when the girls' paths become entwined it is thrillingly macabre."
(Daily Telegraph)

(Price & availability last checked: November 2018)

This website can't tell you if we have this book in the shop or not - to ask, phone us or use the enquiry link below. (We can order most books within 7-10 days, subject to availability.)

In booklists: Fiction - Local Writers & Local Interest, World Fiction - South Africa, World Fiction - Africa, Writers by Surname - H, Historical Fiction,
In categories: Fiction, Local Interest, World - Africa, History & Biography,

© News From Nowhere Co-operative Ltd IP24524R 2004-2022 | Privacy policy | Contact | return to top of page