Her great talent is to be able to take you along a perfectly ordinary street, rip the façade away and show the strange and passionate events that go on behind closed doors
Bawden has a penetraing eye for both the insalubrious and gorgeous detail, homing in with language that is always crisp and precise.
It is a measure of Bawden's skill, that she manages to show both the terrors of extreme longevity and its comic potential. But then she is a wonderfully accomplished writer and this is a very enjoyable book.
An upper-middle class version of Mike Leigh's SECRETS AND LIES.