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11 August 2021

The novel to which the reviewers are referring is Little I Understood (1948), to which this 1951 novel is a sequel. We have long wondered whether to publish both in one volume. They are about a girl growing up in Oxford (like Princes in the Land they are set there) and for various reasons – her temperament, her parents' obtuseness – she is very silly, in fact maddening. The second volume shows the effect on others and the result of her stupidity/her own obtuseness. Has anyone read them? We find them rather unforgettable and brilliantly perceptive. It's just that they leave such an uncomfortable taste in the mouth.

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