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Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear
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Aug 28, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: historical
Read in August, 2010

I loved Maisie Dobbs---both the character and the book. This book sat on my shelf for years and I am sorry I waited so long to read it but, as often happens, I was mislead by the cover blurbs which compared it to Alexander McCall Smith's #1 Ladies' Detective Agency. Instead of encouraging me, that made me dismiss Maisie Dobbs as something sweet, commercial and formulaic. But for me, it offered more than that.

Jacqueline Winspear very deftly handles Britain's challenges in the early years of the 20th century from class distinction to women's education and post-war trauma. These demanding subjects are woven into an engaging, page-turning coming-of-age story of a young working-class woman.

Highly recommended.

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