Vol XV Pick me up

How-It-All-Began

When…
Charlotte mugged and breaks her hip, her daughter Rose cannot accompany her employer, Lord Peters, to Manchester, which means his niece Marion has to go instead, which means she sends a text to her lover which is intercepted by his wife, which is… just the beginning in the ensuing chain of life-alerting events.

Penelope Lively’s 22nd book How It All Began is a delicious read and for someone like me who has been trudging through mostly middling to bad books for almost four months now, it came as a welcome relief. The joy of good writing had almost seemed elusive. Read a review of thsi book at http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2011/nov/18/how-it-all-began-

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