The Li­brar­ian Sal­ley Vick­ers Vik­ing £16.99

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When young li­brar­ian Sylvia Blackwell ar­rives in prim East Mole in 1959, she’s full of plans. But it’s she who is in for an ed­u­ca­tion, as her ide­al­is­tic med­dling de­rails a boy’s life, shakes a mar­riage and costs her her job. Fast-for­ward to the present day, and one of the chil­dren whose read­ing she steered is re­turn­ing, a fa­mous author, to cam­paign against the li­brary’s clo­sure. This nos­tal­gic treat springs from Vick­ers’s own girl­hood, and though you might wish she’d had faith enough in the power of sto­ry­telling to omit some clunky ser­mon­is­ing, it’s in­volv­ing and hope­ful. Hep­hz­ibah An­der­son

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