World War II is over, and a new decade is beginning, but for an East End teenage brother and sister living on the edge of the law, life has been suspended. Sent away to a tuberculosis sanatorium to learn the way of a patient, they find themselves in the company of army and air force officers, a car salesman, a mysterious German woman and an American merchant seaman. They discover that a cure is tantalisingly just out of reach, and only by inciting wholesale rebellion can freedom be snatched.
©2016 Linda Grant (P)2016 W.F. Howes Ltd
"Her novel is at once a beautifully detailed character study, a poignant family history and a richly evocative portrait of the late 1970s." (Independent, on The Clothes on Their Backs)
"A stylish, ambitious novel." (Glamour, on Upstairs at the Party)
Wooden characters, unconvincing plot, and lifeless narration. I really wanted to like this book, and continued, hoping it would pick up ... should have given up long before the end.
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