RE­VIEWED BY KATHARINE ENG­LAND

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ac­ci­den­tally drives away the boarder who is help­ing the fam­ily make ends meet. The lucky shilling moves on into the next “day”, where Kip’s coun­sel­lor daugh­ter has a set-to around it with a ma­nip­u­la­tive client, while the third day takes us back to Kip’s boy­hood and the start of the un­der­stated cen­tral ro­mance and, in pass­ing, to the prove­nance of that lucky shilling.

And so it goes on, mov­ing con­fi­dently back­wards and for­wards in time, draw­ing vi­brant pic­tures of work­ing-class community life and mores at dif­fer­ent pe­ri­ods in re­cent his­tory, telling a tragic love story in such a way as to end with the love out­weigh­ing the tragedy and draw­ing lively, con­vinc­ing pic­tures of three gen­er­a­tions of a fam­ily as they age, de­velop and re­late to one an­other and their shared ori­gins. Each day makes a short story with its own de­vel­op­ment and cli­max, each adds to the over­all pic­ture and to

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