Jane Graham is unmarried and pregnant when she is turned out of her comfortable suburban home by her irate father. She lights dejectedly on a bug-ridden room at the top of a squalid house in Fulham. She cares nothing for it. Nor does she care for herself or her neighbours.
But it’s these neighbours, by their unaffected kindness, who draw her back to life, and the L-shaped room slowly becomes home.
©1960 Lynne Reid Banks (P)2010 BBC Audiobooks Ltd
I'd never heard of this book or author, and chose it because of the narrator, who I greatly admire. This is one of the nicest features of Audible - one has the feeling that the narrator is giving a recommendation, and is guiding one to new material.
The book itself is a period piece in some ways. You will likely be shocked by some of the language, which would now be considered politically incorrect. And even more by the odd situations, where the people are feeling their way through the sexual revolution. Yet, it is a beautiful book, which will stay with you for a long time. The heroine is truly memorable, courageous, yet constrained by the conventions for her time. I would very highly recommend The L-Shaped Room.
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