A Girl in Winter: A Novel

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Faber & Faber, Jan 1, 1975 - English fiction - 248 pages
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Philip Larkin's second novel was first published in 1947. This story of Katherine Lind and Robin Fennel, of winter and summer, of war and peace, of exile and holidays, is memorable for its compassionate precision and for the uncommon and unmistakable distinction of its writing.

'A Girl in Winter is a beautifully constructed, funny and profoundly sad book.' Andrew Motion

'One of the finest and most sustained prose poems in the language.' John Bayley

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User Review  - Kitty - Goodreads

A novel of three parts - present, past, present - which juxtaposes the mundane wartime life of the protagonist of the title with memories of a pre-war summer holiday. It is part coming-of-age story ... Read full review

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User Review  - Catherine - Goodreads

If you are contemplating suicide and need a final push - read this. It is the most depressing book I have ever read (and yes, I have read the House with the Green Shutters - it's even worse than that). Read full review

About the author (1975)

Philip Larkin was born in Coventry in 1922 and was educated at King Henry VIII School, Coventry, and St John's College, Oxford. As well as his volumes of poems, which include The Whitsun Weddings and High Windows, he wrote two novels, Jill and A Girl in Winter, and two books of collected journalism: All What Jazz: A Record Diary, and Required Writing: Miscellaneous Prose. He worked as a librarian at the University of Hull from 1955 until his death in 1985. He was the best-loved poet of his generation, and the recipient of innumerable honours, including the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry, and the WHSmith Award.

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