woman looks at herself in mirror

She's Leaving Home

Joan Bakewell

In Britain the drab 50s are giving way to the lively 60s and the young sense it. Martha is growing up in a northern town not unlike Stockport. Her father is projectionist at a cinema which is sensing decline. She escapes to a new life in Liverpool.

With shades of Billy Liar, and Absolute Beginners, this novel captures that longing for freedom often experienced.

Contemporary fiction
Publishing Details:
Virago, 2011

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