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This is a very good psychological drama that explores themes of identity, expectations, parental love and relationships. There are some quite unusual twists and turns, and the ending really took me by surprise. It started slowly, but as it progressed I could barely put it down. Certainly not what I expected from the opening pages of the story.
Bernice Rubens was born in Cardiff, Wales in July 1928. She began writing at the age of 35, when her children started nursery school. Her second novel, Madame Sousatzka (1962), was filmed by John Schlesinger filmed with Shirley MacLaine in the leading role in 1988. Her fourth novel, The Elected Member, won the 1970 Booker prize. She was shortlisted for the same prize again in 1978 for A Five Year ...moreMore about Bernice Rubens...