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The Dissent of Annie Lang

4.41  ·  Rating details ·  22 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Impulsive, brave and lovable, Annie Lang is a truly memorable heroine
Paperback, 384 pages
Published April 8th 2018 by Muswell Press
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Arianna
Nov 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Mar Gherita
Nov 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Si inizia alla stazione del treno e si finisce alla stazione del treno,
come Anna Karenina, come Harry Potter.
In realtà si inizia molto prima, anzi prima ancora. Una buona metà del libro ruota attorno alla povera orfanella, e che sarà mai, una storiella? Potrei abbandonare qui.
E invece continuo a leggere, giusto giusto nella notte di Halloween. Ed ecco si delinea il contorno del mostro. Meglio smettere qui, si mette veramente molto male. Ma la storia mi prende, sono preoccupata per la piccoletta.
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Cleopatra  Pullen
The book starts with a tantalising prologue where we meet Annie in 1932 on her return from France where shes been studying. Here she learns that her brother Fred is in the asylum with nervous exhaustion and this stirs memories from her childhood which shes never fully understood.

The story is told from Annies perspective through all three parts of the book; 1926, 1926 to 1932 and finally 1932. Her earliest memories we are told are backed up by journals she wrote as a young girl following the
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Jo Barton
May 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
We first encounter Annie Lang in 1932, at the start of the novel, when she is a seventeen year old student newly returned from France. Rather cleverly, we are guided back, by her, to the time of her childhood, in the aftermath of a family tragedy, which releases memories of her growing up with her brother, Fred and sister, Beatrice.That this tragedy darkens her life, and that of her siblings, goes without saying, but it is also the sad and rather gloomy story of Annies troubled upbringing, in a ...more
Susan Kerr
Absorbing and engaging, The Dissent of Annie Lang held me in the rebellious heart of a repressed Christian family in 1920s Midlands. Its a family with rot at the centre and Annie, from age 6 to 12, senses but cannot comprehend the cause of the dysfunction. The story weaves in sections between Annie, age 16, who discovers a heinous injustice, and the young Annie, who witnessed evidence she had not understood. Annie is our narrator, but the reader suspects long before her what has been going on. ...more
Rosemary Kay
May 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fascinating read, beautifully written. A story set in 1920s Midlands it describes the confined life of a family much bound up with The Mission and the children who have to cope with the loss of their mother and the arrival of a new one. Their dear dog plays a remarkable part. It is the unique voice of the young heroine, Annie Lang which carries this tale of mystery and deception to its dramatic finish. Annie is at once lovable, sharp and brave, with an irresistibly sparky way with God and the ...more
Sandy
Mar 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this book absorbing and well-written, with a little mystery to keep me turning the pages. The ending was resolved but not, I suspect, to most readers' satisfaction given the current political climate.
Louie
Jun 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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A beautifully written, polished read of a poignant and compelling tale.
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If you'd have told me 18 months ago that I'd be regularly reading historical fiction I'd have laughed in your face. But I'm so glad my little mind has been expanded by some great historical tales. This book would have completely passed me by otherwise and that would have been a real shame.

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In 1920's Nottingham we meet our protagonist the spirited Annie Lang. At a young age her mother dies leaving Annie, her brother Fred and her older sister Beatrice in the soul care of
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