The Winspeare Lot by Pamela Howarth
This is Pamela’s first published novel, although not her first publication: she has written many short stories and articles for magazines.
I found the book taking me back in time to another era – many of the events Polly recounts I remember watching on TV or hearing on the news. Growing up in rural England, however, her days of carefree youth and innocence extended beyond those of mine where concern for safety moved children off the street to play. The book’s simplistic narrative style captures Polly’s naive yet mature interpretation of events and people around her.
There’s something in this book for the reader looking for a lighthearted, uplifting tale, but also for the reader looking for a little more in terms of cultural or social commentary. One of the things that struck me was that this was a book dealing with a different social class, that of the Conservative, rather than the working or labour class. Yet, unlike books dealing with aspiration or the dreamed of lifestyle, The Winspeare Lot adds a sense of reality to a family which recognises its responsibilities and status yet has to face the changing economic constraints within which it finds itself.Share