Harriet Said...: A Virago Modern Classic
A girl returns from boarding school to her sleepy Merseyside hometown and waits to be reunited with her childhood friend, Harriet, chief architect of all their past mischief. She roams listlessly along the shoreline and the woods still pitted with wartime trenches, and encounters 'the Tsar' - almost old, unhappily married, both dangerously fascinating and repulsive.
Pretty, malevolent Harriet finally arrives - and over the course of the long holidays draws her friend into a scheme to beguile then humiliate the Tsar, with disastrous, shocking consequences. A gripping portrayal of adolescent transgression, Beryl Bainbridge's classic first novel remains as subversive today as when it was written.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - CasaBooks - LibraryThing
Spin-off reading, from "Anne Perry, Murder of the Century". 1972 book - first book by Beryl Bainbridge, based on the 1954 matricide by Perry and her friend - bashed friend's mother to death with a ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - gaskella - LibraryThing
Harriet Said was Beryl’s first work written in the late 1950s. However it ended up as her third published novel, as its darkness struggled to find a publisher initially. It is the story of two ... Read full review