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Book review: The L-Shaped Room by Lynne Reid Banks


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The book:
The L-Shaped Room by Lynne Reid Banks
Published in 1960 by Chatto & Windus
Pages: 274
My copy: Second-hand copy


roomThe blurb:

Pregnant by accident, kicked out of home by her father, 27-year-old Jane Graham goes to ground in the sort of place she feels she deserves – a bug-ridden boarding-house attic in Fulham. She thinks she wants to hide from the world, but finds out that even at the bottom of the heap, friends and love can still be found, and self-respect is still worth fighting for.

My thoughts…

I’ve been meaning to read this book for many years and I’m glad I finally got round to it. Set in London in the late 1950s, Jane is pregnant and unmarried, and finds herself homeless when her father kicks her out of home. She faces prejudice from many corners – yet finds she is strangely accepted in the rundown boarding…

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2 thoughts on “Book review: The L-Shaped Room by Lynne Reid Banks”

  1. First read this nearly fifty years ago and it had a great effect on me. It was part of that sixties social realism – Saturday Night Sunday Morning, Lonliness of Long Distance Runner. Great stuff.

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