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Rachel Cooke

May 2014

'I always long for people to read Penelope Mortimer, knowing that they will be amazed by how modern she seems, how ahead of her time: Betty Friedan before Betty Friedan was invented. Daddy's Gone A-Hunting is a book about thwartedness, that most dangerous of human traps. Ruth, its heroine, is incarcerated in the stockbroker belt, her husband off in London, working and dallying with women - an isolation that lends the novel its singular intensity. It's just marvellous'

 

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