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This lovely novel by Rose tremain explores the interior lives of a choice few inhabitants of a small Suffolk community.  There's Mary, who from the age of six becomes convinced that she is a boy in a girl's body. Mary's Mum, Estelle, with her flights of fancy which take to the local asylum on more than one occasion.  Sonny, Mary's Dad who lives for his farm.  Then there are the Loomis' family and Irene, a single mother, and Harker, a local cricket bat manufacturer of bespoke cricket bats.
The novel follows their lives through 38 years as they grow and change in outlook.  Quite a fascinating story.  I will keep an eye out for other books by this author.


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