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January 02, 2014

Book Review - Valentine Grey by Sandi Toksvig

The author is familiar to ABC viewers from a variety of British TV shows but she is much more well known in the UK. This is a story of a girl who was brought up in India with a degree of physical freedom unheard of for Victorian young ladies, who is sent to live in London after the death of her father. In London, she must live with restrictions on clothing and behaviour that she finds intolerable. Meanwhile, her cousin Reggie, is finding true love with another man, which was illegal at that time. She conceives a mad idea to take Reggie's place as a volunteer n the Boer War. Both Valentine and Reggie get what they want – only to find it wasn't really what they expected. A readable, illuminating and well researched offering. Wendy

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