'It will, I hope, still qualify for the indulgence traditionally extended to juvenilia,' wrote Philip Larkin, almost twenty years after the publication of his first novel.
But Jill, with its exact evocation of place - Oxford in 1940 - and astute insight into character, emotions and social nuance, requires no such indulgence.
It is a classic of its time, and shows many of the qualities that were later to distinguish Larkin's great, mature poetry. 'Jill is, in a sense, a kind of cryptic manifesto.
It is a novel about writing, about discovering a literary personality, and about the sorts of consolation that art can provide.' Andrew Motion
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 256 pages
- Publisher: Faber & Faber
- Publication Date: 03/03/2005
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780571225828
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