By Battersea Bridge by Janet Davey

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We're lucky to have such an intelligent chronicler of our present – and of the dirty, noisy beauty of contemporary London.
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Anita Mostyn feels the need to take a holiday from her life. As a child, she was dismissed by her parents in favour of her more confident brothers, and as an adult, her choices are disapproved of – the small art gallery she works for, the friends she makes, the men she sees. On a whim, she takes up an offer to scout for holiday properties in Bulgaria, escaping the impending second wedding of her perfect brother. But as Anita navigates these difficult waters, a horrifying episode in her past – the thing she has really been trying to escape – comes back to haunt her.
 

About Janet Davey

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Janet Davey was born in 1953. She is the author of English Correspondence, which was longlisted for the 2002 Orange Prize, First Aid and The Taxi Queue. She lives in London.
 
Published April 12, 2012 by Vintage Digital. 308 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Below average
Reviewed by Ophelia Field on Apr 21 2012

This novel is at first slow to engage, seeming strangely thin and banal for quite a chunk of pages, and if that slowness is intentional then the precise intention is unclear.

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Reviewed by Tessa Hadley on Apr 12 2012

We're lucky to have such an intelligent chronicler of our present – and of the dirty, noisy beauty of contemporary London.

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