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South Riding

South Riding

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Alongside the domestic concerns of the likes of Hollys, Holtby is also keen to delve into the workings of local government – both as a catalyst for social improvement and a vehicle for abuse and corruption. Without emotion, without haste, without even, so far as Lovell could discern, any noticeable interest, the South Riding County Council ploughed through its agenda. I could go on to describe most of the cast, because they are all excellently-realized characters drawn with exceptional psychological insight, but nothing I say will do Holtby's writing justice. We don’t share your credit card details with third-party sellers, and we don’t sell your information to others. Like Susan, I also enjoyed the BBC series, but having not read the book I don’t know how faithful it was.

Holtby lived with Brittain and her husband for a while and Brittain’s husband was jealous of their friendship. Holtby's sixth and finest novel, South Riding, was published six months after her death, aged 37, from Bright's disease. Even without the help of the map on the jacket we could identify the estuary of the River Leame and recognize the great city of Kingsport on its northern shore.Which indeed proved many, though not all, of the problems I had were due to Davies' alterations, and in any event was a treat to read. Holtby had been Brittain's intimate friend since their days at Somerville College, Oxford, in the years immediately following the first world war.

Slightly Foxed brings back forgotten voices through its Slightly Foxed and Plain Foxed Editions, a series of beautifully produced little pocket hardback reissues of classic memoirs, all of them absorbing and highly individual. In fairness, he also lets Joe mention Roosevelt's New Deal program, but still, the difference is annoying. There are examples of misinformation, manipulation and personal gain, all of which serve to illustrate that local government decisions may not always be made for purely altruistic reasons.

South Riding is a rich, panoramic novel, bringing vividly to life a rural community on the brink of change.



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