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Flying the Coop

John Sutherland: Mama Trollope, 19 February 1998

Fanny Trollope: The Life and Adventures of a Clever Woman 
by Pamela Neville-Sington.
Viking, 416 pp., £20, November 1997, 0 670 85905 2
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... before they depart hence.’ Much biographical energy has been devoted to Mrs Trollope’s life. (Neville-Sington’s is, I calculate, the eighth biography.) She is, when all is said and done, a minor novelist, of no greater intrinsic interest than, say, Charlotte Yonge, Flora Annie Steel or Ella Hepworth Dixon. She would probably never have published a line ...

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