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.
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  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 144 x 223 x 24mm | 414g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 074727097X
  • 9780747270973

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Martha Brazil takes up the position of caretaker at Raven Court, a derelict block of central London flats which are currently being renovated to become luxurious apartments. Martha can't believe her luck - or the space - and plans to re-build her life. But her new surroundings cannot separate her from the ties that link her to an awkward family: an estranged brother; a distant, famous father and a mother who constantly embraces only chronically dispossessed members of society. And she can't quite cut out disinterested boyfriend Danny from her life either. This is the third novel from Susie Boyt, daughter of the painter Lucian Freud. It is slow-paced but delicately written with subtle wit and charm, whilst the likeable character of Martha is a realistic blend of independence and vulnerability.
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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.
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14 ratings
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4 29% (4)
3 43% (6)
2 21% (3)
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