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Penny Vin­cenzi

Loot.co.za (R351)


IF the pram in the hall is the en­emy of good art, then the Green Cross Code is the en­emy of Vin­cenzi’s novel. Two main char­ac­ters get knocked over, pro­vok­ing plot twists that look­ing both ways would have ru­ined.

At the cen­tre of this hugely (nearly 600 pages!) en­joy­able ro­man­tic drama, which be­gins in the 1930s and ends in the 50s, are Diana from the manor and vil­lage var­let Tom, whose brains and looks power him into the high­est sphere of pol­i­tics. Other char­ac­ters are feisty teacher Laura, doc­tor Jil­lie and lots of the pe­riod char­ac­ters Vin­cenzi does so well – fey news­pa­per di­arists, bratty rock-star pho­tog­ra­phers, despotic edi­tors of glossy mag­a­zines.

There are tragic mo­ments, so have tis­sues handy. –

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