#254 The Girls of Slender Means

I think I prefer this Muriel Spark book to The Driver’s Seat – perhaps just because it’s less fast paced, so I read it a little less quickly and was able to enjoy it more.

The Girls of Slender Means is set in London just after the end of WWII in a house in Kensington “for the Pecuniary Convenience and Social Protection of Ladies of Slender Means below the age of Thirty Years, who are obliged to reside apart from their Families in order to follow an Occupation in London” and follow the occupants, their acquaintances and their eccentricities.

Like the Driver’s Seat, it’s quite a short book and I don’t really feel l can expand on that much more without giving something away (not that it’s a novel of great suspense) – but it’s a really good read and I’d recommend it.


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