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Holy Terrors

Penelope Fitzgerald, 4 December 1986

‘Elizabeth’: The Author of ‘Elizabeth and her German Garden’ 
by Karen Usborne.
Bodley Head, 341 pp., £15, October 1986, 0 370 30887 5
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Alison Uttley: The Life of a Country Child 
by Denis Judd.
Joseph, 264 pp., £15.95, October 1986, 0 7181 2449 9
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Richmal Crompton: The Woman behind William 
by Mary Cadogan.
Allen and Unwin, 169 pp., £12.95, October 1986, 0 04 928054 6
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... of papers, letters and diaries. They were deposited in the Huntington Library of California, where Karen Usborne has been researching for the past five years. The result is a fine achievement of narrative organisation. Not only Elizabeth has to be traced, but her train of admirers and enemies during her golden years. ‘You were given your orders for the ...

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