Sunday, 2 October 2011

How Many Miles to Babylon? by Jennifer Johnston: review

Johnston: lyrical
The first world war provides much meat for the novelist; and Jennifer Johnston's 1974 effort, How Many Miles to Babylon, has just been reissued by Penguin. I've reviewed it for The Observer, here. It tells a story of an unlikely friendship that is thwarted at every turn by class and mores, only to be ended in a manner both shocking and powerful. What with all the current fuss about Downton Abbey, it should strike a chord with the reading public.

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