• Good Evening, Mrs. Craven: The Wartime Stories of Mollie Panter-Downes

    This is a book I read in between reviews for the ABC, but I thought I'd pop a review here, because I enjoyed it so much. Originally published in 1999, its popularity is shown by the four reprints since then.

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    The twenty-one short stories in the book were written between 1939 and 1944, and published in the 'New Yorker'. They are not action or event stories, but very clever observations of the different characters and the way they react to the different wartime situations in which they find themselves. They are brief (ideal bedtime reading, or for reading when you know you might be interrupted at any time) and full of wit and comedy as well as drama.

    The situations she describes are everyday - for example sewing parties, separation due to wartime postings and living with evacuees, but I really enjoyed the perspective her characters bring to those events.

    I hadn't encountered this author before, but will certainly look for more of her work.

    Three wine glasses - recommended to all members


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