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Company Parade

3.42 of 5 stars 3.42  ·  rating details  ·  31 ratings  ·  8 reviews
"She was too restless to work or write. She thought of Richard, of her unmanageable desires and her unabateable ambitions...My life is in pieces, I am nothing, I have achieved nothing; yet I will, she thought."
In the month of the 1918 Armistice a young woman, Hervey Russell, comes to London to seek her fortune. Inexperienced an poor, she has all the dreams of youth. Herve
Paperback, 345 pages
Published November 6th 1985 by Virago Modern Classics (first published 1934)
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LORD GUMBY: Now Jenkins, what shall we do with this here book. It was written by a lady and is full of all sorts of odd lady-thoughts. Goodness knows who will want to read such nonsense. It is also full of lots of rather depressing stuff about Death and Socialism and other un-feminine topics. She even dares to talk about The War. Seems to have got her pretty little head all jangled up somewhere, I think.

JENKINS: Agreed. A woman tryin
Storm Jameson’s 1934 novel was the first novel in a projected series of five (only three were ever written) this series entitled The Mirror in Darkness is completed by the novels; Love in Winter (1935) and None Turn Back (1936).
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At the end of WW I, Hervey Russell leaves her young son with a caretaker in the country and goes to make her fortune in London. She has already written one novel, and knows that she is destined to be famous. She doesn't understand why her husband, Penn is in no hurry to demobilise from the Air Force and resume his career as a school teacher. Hervey finds steady work as a novice copywriter, mentored by a crippled war vet.

Hervey (as well as most of the younger characters in the book) has no firm p
Glynis O'halloran
What a lot of miserable and totally unlikeable characters! I appreciate that this is set just after the First World War when values were different but, even so, they all seem a very wet and petty-minded lot. I wanted to give them all a good shake. This is the first book in a trilogy but I am not inspired to read the other two.
Susan Kavanagh
Actually, a 3.5.
A wonderful book. Hervey Russell is an intriguing protagonist, both strong and vulnerable at the same time, struggling to make her way in the world as a writer with a young son and a pretty useless husband. The minor characters are just as well drawn. Can't wait to get on to the next in the Mirror in the Darkness trilogy.
Mar 09, 2015 Claude rated it 2 of 5 stars
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I'm putting this book on hold. I can't totally give up on it but 50% into the book, I am not finding enough to make me go on. Good writing, but dense, unlikeable or uninteresting characters.
Good moments, but not enough to make me go on.
I will try to pick it up again later
The lead character is frustrating and annoying, but I want to know what happens to her, and her friends. Some sentences are very beautiful, and charged with meaning.
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Margaret Storm Jameson was an English writer, known for her 45 novels, and criticism.

Jameson studied at the University of Leeds, later moving to London, where in 1914 she earned an MA from King's College London. She was a teacher before becoming a full-time writer. She married writer Guy Chapman, but continued to publish as Storm Jameson.

From 1939, Jameson was a prominent president of the British
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