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Elizabeth Day

February 2016

'In The Fortnight in September, the Stevens family decamps from London to Bognor for their annual two-week holiday. And that, in a sense, is all that happens. Except, of course, everything happens because Sherriff is an exquisite observer of every detail of human behaviour - the nuance, the affection, the tension, the absurdity, the things that aren't said as well as those that are. The result is a novel that is warm and funny and humane: the universe meticulously painted in miniature. I adore this book. In fact, it's not only my favourite Persephone title but one of my favourite novels of all time.'

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