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A Change for the Better Audiobook

A Change for the Better

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Publisher's Summary

In the Prince of Wales Hotel and the shabby terraces and tearooms of Westbourne, retired lives run their course - all, in their different ways, anticipating crisis.

©1980 Susan Hill (P)2017 Audible, Ltd.

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    Sharon Langford 31/03/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "A book of considerable perception on power relations within relationships and the long suffering downtrodden"

    This book was unusual and on the surface unremarkable, however, upon reflection, between each sitting, the characters become considerable and beautifully drawn. Social niceties of this bygone era are held up to a mirror and shown to be quite ridiculous. However, at the heart of this book is a study of the power relations that go on within families. Parent and child, husband and wife. It illustrates a social shift, between the old and new generations where etiquette and respect are viewed as outdated and irrelevant but where there is also a subtle hint at the danger to society of the new order of things. I really enjoyed this book and feel sad for the protagonists' futures. Thank you Susan Hill

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    HW 16/04/2017
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    "Nothing but grumbles"
    What would have made A Change for the Better better?

    Some light moments


    Would you ever listen to anything by Susan Hill again?

    Sadly no


    What aspect of Maggie Ollerenshaw’s performance might you have changed?

    Too much gruff voiced male characters
    Too much whinging with the female characters


    What character would you cut from A Change for the Better?

    Spurious additions that did not do much for the theme


    Any additional comments?

    I did listen to the end
    but was heartily glad when it finished

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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