Advantages Unintentionally hilarious
Disadvantages Too long, too rubbish
My mother and I disagree on many matters but there are one or two subjects on which we can find common ground. For example, we both think that BBC news correspondent, and sometime presenter of "Newsnight", Gavin Esler is a rather handsome man. I also know that we will almost always have the same opinion on books we have read. Why then would I deliberately encourage my mother to read a novel that I had found to be truly awful, a wicked misuse of trees and a scandalous waste of the time it took to read it? Quite simply I needed reassurance that "The Great North Road" was as shamefully abysmal as I thought.
The book is set in 1950s Newcastle and this is the only reason I can think of for my local branch of Waterstones' having displayed it so prominently. I like the idea of supporting local authors, and the fact that the book was part of Waterstones ongoing "three for two" offer persuaded me to put this one in the basket.
In spite of the disappearance of their daughter, Sylvia's parents want to plough on with the arrangements for the adoption of the child and so too do the parents of the baby's father, David Linden, a middle-class lad whose parents have high hopes for their academic son. David's grandmother, however, approaches the Sharps and asks if she might be allowed to look after the child herself. The other girl, meanwhile, is fostered by one of the midwives from the hospital, a woman unable to have her own child.Leaving Newcastle Great and Sylvia take the train but, part way through the journey, Greta disappears leaving Sylvia with a note telling her to go to Scarborough and find Tony, an Italian ice cream seller who will make sure she is looked after.
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