WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY LYNNE TRUSS 'Stella Gibbons is the Jane Austen of the twentieth century' The Times Set in wartime London, Westwood tells the story of Margaret Steggles, a plain bookish girl whose mother has told her that she is not the type that attracts men.
Her schoolfriend Hilda has a sunny temperament and keeps her service boys 'ever so cheery'.
When Margaret finds a ration book on Hampstead Heath the pompous writer Gerard Challis enters both their lives.
Margaret slavishly adores Challis and his artistic circle; Challis idolises Hilda for her hair and her eyes and Hilda finds Gerard's romantic overtures a bit of a bind.
This is a delightfully comic and wistful tale of love and longing.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 464 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Publishing
- Publication Date: 04/08/2011
- Category: Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780099528722