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The L-Shaped Room by Lynne Reid Banks
  

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This is the 50th anniversary edition of Lynne Reid banks classic and it is still as fresh and moving as it was 50 years ago. Times may have changed and the stigma attached to being an unmarried mother maybe different now but the sense of abandonment and of also finding independence and self respect still ring true throughout life.

If you like Lynne Reid Banks you might also like to read books by Mary Hooper and Ann Widdecombe.

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Synopsis

The L-Shaped Room by Lynne Reid Banks

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.


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'Lynne Reid Banks' compassionate first novel examines the stigma of unmarried motherhood in pre-pill, pre-Abortion Act Britain...While the social climate has changed drastically since publication, a transgressive frisson still crackles from the pages' - The Guardian

About the Author

Lynne Reid Banks has written a number of books for children and young adults. Her children's books include The Adventures of King Midas; The Farthest-Away Mountain; Maura's Angel; The Indian in the Cupboard, recently made into a major Hollywood film; Return of the Indian; The Fairy Rebel; and The Magic Hare. Her books for teenagers include One More River, Sarah and After, My Darling Villain, The Writing on the Wall, Melusine: A Mystery and Broken Bridge. In addition, she has written two historical books about Israel: Letters to My Israeli Sons and Torn Country.

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Book Info

Publication date

1st January 2004

Author

Lynne Reid Banks

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Author's Website

www.lynnereidbanks.com

Publisher

Vintage an imprint of CCV

Format

Paperback
272 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780099469636

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