I read about Rosy Thornton on a blog (not this particular book though). As usual my reading is sometimes determined by what is available at the Carnegie library in Melbourne and this sort of popped out.
I loved the book. A description of the book says it is about life, love and the lost art of letter writing. Add to that descriptive emails!
It opens with letters and emails which would make anyone smile and smile and smile. Margaret is a key character of the book and it revolves around her. Margaret in her early twenties despite the oldish sounding name is a inveterate do gooder. She writes to the Council, to the papers and to her MP about each and every subject which she feels strongly about and though at the beginning of this book I thought it was a light read, it does tend to go into a very strong pro feminist stance as well. It made for a very interesting read.
There are innumerable subjects covered in this book - political satire for one, the position of illegal immigrants in Britain, the sadness of the depressed and the abused, and over riding it all the optimism of the young and a story of romance which ends well.
A book which I would say is slightly old fashioned, very readable and thoroughly enjoyable.
A book of 276 pages in a very easy to read font! I find that this is also an important point for me now. Signs of old age creeping up fast I think.