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I loved this story as a teenager and decided to listen to it for a bit of nostalgia. It was completely ruined by narration which can only be described as a child in a school play shouting their lines very clearly with inflection in all the wrong places. I listen to a lot of books and the jilly cooper ones are almost always badly narrated but this was the worst. 🙁
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If you used to read Jilly from her Times column through her short novels to her sweeping Rutshire saga, this is for you. It took me right back. We all know the world is changing rapidly, but who would have imagined that life not so very long ago would sound so different?
The angst of whether or not, when and how to lose one's virginity (or keep it as a sort of wedding present for your new husband); today's generation might find that baffling. Ditto the attitudes towards an unmarried mother... Particularly from Harriet's own middle class, bridge playing, what will the neighbours say, ghastly mother.
Poor old Harriet gets the lot landed on her, along with a lovely baby son and no means of supporting him. But this is Jilly land, so we all know that the whole thing will be fun, life will fall into place and Harriet will live happily ever after in the end. And she does, but along the way we can enjoy life with some typical Cooper characters.
This book, along with the other shorter novels like Imogen and Octavia (my favourites, please, Audible) could work for more than one generation. For those of us who read them when they first came out, pure nostalgia: for younger generations a window into a world their mothers and/or grandmothers knew that is really not so long ago - but seems far, far away.
PS to Audible; thrilled that you seem to be recording more of Jilly's books, but why oh why, if you have Nos 1, 9 and 10 of the Rutshire Chronicles already recorded, is the 'coming soon' one Polo, which is No 3? What happened to No 2?
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