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This is the first novel from the writer and poet Polly Clark. It is a story of Dora Fielding, a once prestigious poet who had been living in London and shifts with a baby and a new husband in the same town and found herself very lonely. She struggles to settle at new places with hatreds from the outsiders and find herself isolated from the rest. She started living in imagination and connects her life with the life of poet W H Auden she was fascinated by, and the two years he spent at Larchfield teaching school boys.


A good read for those who know how it feels being alone or moves to a new place and feel like an outsider. Most of them can relate to the book. Do not read if you are looking for some funny material to lighten up the mood. Certainly, one of the interesting book club books to read.

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