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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."
(Guardian)
"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."
(Independent)
"The writing is strong and when the girls' paths become entwined it is thrillingly macabre."
(Daily Telegraph)

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