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I read. A lot.

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The Witch of Exmoor - Margaret Drabble

This book reminded me forcefully of why I stopped reading Margaret Drabble.  A few years ago I went on a Drabble binge; I wanted everything; I read everything of hers I could get my hands on.  Then The Garrick Year came along and killed me.  I still love A Summer Bird-Cage, but that seems nearly forgotten now.

 

Anyway, The Witch of Exmoor, like many Drabble books, is full of tedious middle-class people with tedious middle-class concerns (inheritances, their children's educations), doing tedious middle-class things (dinner parties, weekends in the country, jobs in art galleries or with New Labour).  I didn't like or care about any of them, and I've no idea what the point of the story was.  A struggle to finish.Dr