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Review of The Second-Last Woman in England

From City Book Review, a new review of Maggie Joel’s The Second-Last Woman in England:

“It starts as a devastatingly accurate recreation of life in the upper reaches of British society in 1952-3, nicely capturing the paper-thin hypocrisy of those in positions of influence. It also skewers the class divide between the wealthy and those employed as servants. Although the life of service was withering after the end of the war, some were still forced into the work, finding little thanks and even less pay for their trouble. So this novel takes a snapshot of two families, one wealthy, the other poor, and explains why a wife should pick up her husband’s gun and shoot him dead in front of a room full of witnesses. What terrible thing did the husband do to deserve such an end? The answer is a fascinating commentary on the times.”

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