She's Leaving Home by Joan Bakewell

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Liverpool late 1950s. This is a story of three people: a suppressed mother; a father, projectionist at the local cinema which has seen better days; and their daughter Martha. It is a time of many escapes: Nureyev defects in London; Gagarin escapes the earth's atmosphere to be the first man in space; the Beatles escape the dreariness of Liverpool to seek their fortune in Hamburg. In Britain the drab 50s are giving way to the lively 60s and the young sense it. With shades of Billy Liar, and Absolute Beginners, this novel brilliantly captures that longing for freedom. SHE'S LEAVING HOME is about the madness, the intensity and the passion that made the sixties an iconic decade.

About Joan Bakewell

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Joan Bakewell is a journalist and broadcaster. She lives in London and has two children and six grandchildren. Her first novel was All the Nice Girls.
Published November 1, 2011 by Virago Press (UK). 336 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The best part of She's Leaving Home – the shrewd depiction of an unhappily married couple in postwar England – is also the most understated, and this is what seems to come to Bakewell most naturally as a writer.

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