The Finest Type of English Womanhood

Author(s): Rachel Heath

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It's 1946, and seventeen-year-old Laura Trelling is stagnating in her dilapidated Sussex family home, while her quietly eccentric parents slip further into isolation. Then she meets Paul Lovell - a chance encounter that will change the course of her destiny, and bring her a new life in pre-apartheid South Africa. Three years earlier, and many miles north, sixteen-year-old Gay Gibson is no less desperate to escape England. Gay's heart is set on stardom - but first she must find a way out of Birkenhead and the dreary prospect of secretarial college.When their paths cross in Johannesburg, Laura is exposed to Gay's wild life of parties and liaisons. Thrown together, each with her own agenda, the girls find their lives inextricably entangled, with fatal consequences ...A highly accomplished and startling debut which reimagines the Porthold Murder of 1947, "The Finest Type of English Womanhood" is a chilling portrait of how love drives us, and an assured and atmospheric examination of the end of innocence.


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A sensational debut based on a real-life murder case

Rachel Heath was born in Bristol in 1968. She lives with her husband, a screen writer, and their three children and one dog in Bath. This is her first novel.

General Fields

  • : 9780091925864
  • : 92446
  • : 92446
  • : 0.638
  • : March 2009
  • : 239mm X 156mm X 34mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Rachel Heath
  • : Hardback
  • : 823.92
  • : 384