A QUESTION OF TRUST
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. –