REVIEWED BY KATHARINE ENGLAND
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