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A good afternoon read but not my favourite of the Packer novels. Not set on the rolling velds on Constantia Valley for a change, this novel shifts to London but with South African immigrants. A little creepy in parts, a little darker than other Packer novels, I found myself missing references to golden vinyards, the vibrancy of the Cape 'coloureds' and the lives of the South African people in the mid century setting.
Packer was born and educated in Cape Town, graduating as a journalist from the University of Cape Town. She worked initially as a free-lance journalist, in 1931 becoming a reporter for London's Daily Express. After this she spent time on radio in Hong Kong as well as a stint writing for British publications in the Balkans. World War II saw her as a broadcaster to South Africa for the BBC, then ...moreMore about Joy Packer...