The Last Hope of Girls

The Last Hope of Girls

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Newly installed as resident caretaker of four half-derelict West End flats, Martha Brazil can scarcely believe her luck. After years of stuffy bedsits and suburban flatshares, the future seems electric with the promise of renovation and repair. Surely, anything might happen to a girl who embraces it with gusto...But even in her new home painful memories will intrude: of a high-handed father, a mother willing to embrace only the chronically dispossessed, and a beloved brother whose antics have estranged him from the family.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 128 x 192 x 22mm | 199.58g
  • Headline Publishing Group
  • HEADLINE REVIEW
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0747265151
  • 9780747265153

About Susie Boyt

Susie Boyt, daughter of the painter, Lucian Freud, was born in London in 1969. She is the author of THE NORMAL MAN , which was read on Radio 4's Woman's Hour, and THE CHARACTERS OF LOVE. She lives in Regents Park.show more

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'Well-written and almost painterly in its vivid word-pictures' -- Belfast Telegraph 20020302 '... beautifully written, unsettling third novel... Boyd is a singularly original writer, often darkly comic, with a vivid eye for detail... delights as much as it disturbs' -- The Sunday Times 20020317 'Beautifully written and extraordinarily well constructed. It leaves you thinking about the characters long after you've finished reading it' -- Susanna Jones, Daily Mail 20020317 The whole-page Roots feature in the Mail On Sunday was about Susie Boyt 29/7 20020317 'A very sensitively observed novel, as though the central character has one less layer of skin than other people. It is written with a very visual, almost painterly eye for detail, even when the details are bleak' Daily Mail 20020317 'The touching, romantic tale of a young woman adrift amid the bright lights of London' Mirror 20020317 'The stylish story of a young woman who, finding herself caretaker of an Oxford Street mansion block, tries to take life by the scruff of the neck' Conde Nast Traveller 20020317 'Sometimes, Martha wishes that her experience of family life was more like that of other people. Luckily for us, it's not, for the heroine of Boyt's third novel is a wonderful creation' Terry McMilllan 20020317 'Boyt has a painter's eye for colour and detail... her text is as alive with symbolism as a Holbein painting... very likeable' Independent on Sunday 20020317 'Unconventional, unsettling and beautifully written... Witty, laser-assisted vignettes suffuse THE LAST HOPE OF GIRLS... What Boyt brings to the aloof-spinster genre is an optmistic belief in her herone's "moral energy"' Lynne Truss, Sunday Times 20020317 'Beautifully written, unsettling... Boyt is a singularly original writer, often darkly comic, with a vivid eye for detail, and her droll detailing of Martha's uneven journey towards new romance and reconciliation with her family delights as much as it disturbs' -- The Sunday Times 20020317 'Her novels... vibrate with a subtly psychotherapeutic tone... her skill lies in the unravelling of intentions' -- Guardian 20020316show more

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14 ratings
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4 29% (4)
3 43% (6)
2 21% (3)
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