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Vintage, 2002 - Civil service - 320 pages
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About Helen, the tiny, blonde, serious girl whom the narrator meets when they are both looking after children during a summer vacation in Normandy. Her adventures in search of a morally satisfying life lead her into situations that are neither satisfying nor moral, from the mining boom in Central Africa to child abuse scandals of 1980s.

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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

An eloquent comic picture of Stately Old England in precipitous economic and moral decline—a picture that emerges gradually from the episodic momentum of this ambitious novel by the British author ... Read full review


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Gus and Helen meet when both are serving as nannies to British summer people in Normandy. He's recovering from both asthma and asthma camp, she is tiny and fascinating. Both are followed through a ... Read full review

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About the author (2002)

Ferdinand Mount's earlier novel, Of Love and Asthma, was awarded the Hawthornden Prize for 1992. Umbrella, the first of his Tales of History and Imagination, was described by the Oxford historian Niall Ferguson as 'quite simply the best historical novel in years'. He is also well known as a political columnist.

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