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No Talking After Lights

3.55  ·  Rating Details ·  42 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
Long light evenings, swimming and tennis, striped cotton frocks . . . it's summer term at Raeburn. New arrival Constance King hates her boarding school on sight, yet dreams of being accepted by the other girls. Instead, she finds a ferment of frustrated hopes mingled with excited expectations . . .
Paperback, 240 pages
Published 1991 by Penguin Books
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Aug 20, 2012 Laura rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not normally the type of book I pick up but I was on holiday and had just finished the book I was reading and needed another and this was one of four left in the gite in which I was staying. The other three were much too "chick-lit" for me. It was a very easy fun read and adequate enough for a holiday read but I didn't get a great deal of satisfaction at the end.

The story focuses on a new girl starting at a boarding school in the 1950s plus some focus on the personal lives of the teachers.

I don
Jan 12, 2008 Hannah rated it really liked it
This book was a random find in my local library when i was a teenager. It's a grown-up take on the girls' boarding-school story, concentrating on a single term at Raeburn in 1952, where Constance King is the 'new girl'. Having been sent away while her parents go to work abroad, she hates the school on sight and longs to run away, but soon becomes embroiled in mysterious events there. The story deals with the common points of the girls' school story - prep, midnight feasts, bullying and ...more
Angie Swain
Oct 01, 2012 Angie Swain rated it really liked it
A bitter sweet tale of boarding school life in the 1950's.
Constance King is enrolled at Raeburn - which she loathes on sight. Her father has been seconded to Kenya, she must remain in England for her education. She finds it difficult to be accepted by the other girls and has to learn to negotiate her way through the rituals of boarding school life and her new teachers, all the while feeling betrayed by her parents.
It is an intelligent, sensitive tale, very accurate to the period - having been e
Katie Heron
Jun 02, 2013 Katie Heron rated it liked it
Great book, terrible ending. I have read other books featuring Constance and am very fond of her. I enjoyed finding out about her early life.
May 30, 2015 Marilyn rated it it was ok
I found most of this book more suited to teenagers but with a quite macabre strain running through it, and the ending really weak.
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Angela Maria Helps was born on 14 April 1940, to a English civil servant and a German-born housewife. She wanted to be a writer from childhood. She read politics, philosophy and economics at Oxford. In 1962, she married Martin Lambert, they had a son a daughter, but the union ended five years later, when he left her with two young children to support. She also had other daughter with the ...more
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