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Elspeth Davie, 19 February 1981

... And I’m not really supposed to sit down at all,’ said the young man. ‘Not on this kind of a job.’ ‘What kind is it?’ asked the girl who’d been sitting for some time on a seat in the gallery watching her small son stumping around close to the wall of pictures. Now and then he bent to examine the look of his boots on the parquet pattern of the floor ...
The Trick of It 
by Michael Frayn.
Viking, 172 pp., £11.95, September 1989, 0 670 82985 4
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The Long Lost Journey 
by Jennifer Potter.
Bloomsbury, 179 pp., £12.95, September 1989, 0 7475 0463 6
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Falling 
by Colin Thubron.
Heinemann, 152 pp., £10.95, September 1989, 0 434 77978 4
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Coming to Light 
by Elspeth Davie.
Hamish Hamilton, 191 pp., £12.95, August 1989, 0 241 12861 7
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A Careless Widow 
by V.S. Pritchett.
Chatto, 176 pp., £12.95, September 1989, 0 7011 3438 0
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... of prison into the normal world of colour makes a telling final effect. A substantial part of Elspeth Davie’s Coming to light is not so much modern story as historical infilling. The novel loosely groups a number of Edinburgh characters round a disturbed adolescent and his art teacher, but it often digresses into episodes from and explanations of ...

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