Set in the summer of 1939, this is a sharp and insightful observation of marriage and families. The layered story focuses on the neighbouring households of the Blacketts and the Frasers. The developing allegiance between the spirited Rosamund and the dutiful Bertha subtly exposes the realities of their marital experiences and desires. On the surface all seems very conventional but it soon becomes apparent that Bertha hates her self-centred husband.
|Publisher||British Library; 2020|
For the last 20 years Miss Hannah Mole has earned her living as a companion to a succession of difficult old women. Now aged 40, she is given shelter and employment by the pompous non-conformist Minister, Reverend Corder. His motherless daughters are sorely in need of care, but even the dreariest situation is turned into a success by the indomitable spirit of Miss Mole.