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Dinah Birch

6 July 1989
The Middleman, and Other Stories 
by Bharati Mukherjee.
Virago, 197 pp., £11.95, June 1989, 1 85381 058 4
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The Burning Boys 
by John Fuller.
Chatto, 128 pp., £10.95, June 1989, 9780701134648
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Termination Rock 
by Gillian Freeman.
Pandora, 182 pp., £12.95, June 1989, 0 04 440352 6
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Blackground 
by Joan Aiken.
Gollancz, 254 pp., £11.95, June 1989, 0 575 04502 7
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... word ‘Safe ...’ is prominently positioned. For all its beauty, this is a book that is not prepared to take many chances. Do we continually re-invent the past to answer our own imaginative needs? GillianFreeman makes this the central question of Termination Rock, her intelligent and honest new novel. Joanna, a young journalist, discovers that she has cancer of the womb. She is cured, but the ...

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Ian Hamilton: Novels for the Bright, Modern Woman

1 July 1982
... same two also fall short on the kind of ‘bittersweet’ romantic preoccupations which one might expect to divert tough, fast-moving types like Sue Davie and Jane Forsyth: An Easter Egg Hunt by GillianFreeman is set in a boarding-school during the First World War and has a heroine whose shame is that she has to have an abortion, and Columbine by Raymond Kennedy stars a ‘13-year-old girl wise and ...

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