By Jane Gardam
‘I should inform you at the start that i'm no longer rather basic having had a violent event on the age of nine'
Jessica Vye's 'violent experience' colours her schooldays and her response to the area round her- a confining international of Order Marks, wartime regulations, viyella attire, nicely-restrained essays and dusty tea retailers. For Jessica she has been informed that she is 'beyond all attainable doubt', a born author. along with her lack of ability to comply, her absolute compulsion to inform the reality and her commitment to safely noting her reports, she is aware this besides. yet what she doesn't comprehend is that the stories that maintain and enhance her burgeoning expertise will in the future bring about a brand new- and fully unforeseen- truth.
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A Long Way From Verona by Jane Gardam