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Gill Hornby

March 2013

Saplings by Noel Streatfeild [Persephone Book No. 16] is a quite brilliant portrait of one family’s life. It follows the Wiltshires from 1939 – so comfortable, so close, so happy – through to 1945 and the almost inevitable chaos. But these characters are more than just a metaphor for the English middle class in the Second World War; the four children, in particular, are so convincing as to almost break your heart.’ 

 

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