Customer Review

7 October 2017
I’m intrigued by the reviews giving low ratings to this book on the UK site. I’m getting old and picky, so it’s not often that I find a book that I “can’t put down”. This is one of them.

One gripe from the knockers is that Freya is not a very pleasant heroine. Well hello? It’s a novel; it’s not a hagiography. I think she’s great.

Another gripe I’ve read: it should cover a wider range of historical journalistic topics of the post war period. Hello again? It’s not a history book. It’s a novel about a journalist. A fictional one.

I loved the flawed characters, the slowly unfolding story, and the high quality of the writing. The evocation of post-war Britain was excellent. I was a Kiwi exploring London off and on in the early 1960s and the writer managed to take me back there, even though that time was just before he was born.

Thank you Mr Quinn.
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