Girl in a Garden by Lesley Chamberlain

Girl in a Garden

Lesley Chamberlain

If you enjoy observing family relationships and wondering what goes on behind the net curtains this is a must! The story of a summer in 60's suburbia when currents are moving with increasing force under the surface. Told from the perspective of 11 year-old Linka - a perceptive yet naive girl on the cusp of adolescence.


'Your kind father does everything for your mother, said Marjorie Hill, while Anne and Amy and I ate homemade cake and scones and eyed each other.
'Is she an invalid, Linka?'
'Whatever gives you that idea, Mrs Hill?'
'She very rarely comes out.'

I looked round the HIlls' sitting room. There were bookshelves and newspapers but everything was a sort of pale brown colour and there wasn't a television. The pictures on the walls were cut out of magazines. Mum wouldn't have liked to live there.
'She's ...' I sought desperately for a word. 'She's bored. There aren't enough things to interest her in the whole world.'

Mrs Hill leaned forward, half-smilimg, silently urging me to come closer to the right answer.
'She wants to be a free woman. To be modern.' I said finally.

Mrs Hill looked offended as if I'd said a rude word.

  • Atonement by Ian McEwan
  • The Machine-Gunners by Robert Westall
  • Human Croquet by Kate Atkinson

Books with similar mood

The Woman at 1,000 Degrees

Hallgrímur Helgason

How Are You Going to Save Yourself

J M Holmes


Kerry Andrew

Sombrero Fallout

Richard Brautigan


Eduardo Sguiglia

Night of the Wolf

Alice Borchardt

The Houdini Girl

Martyn Bedford

The Warehouse

Rob Hart

The Tryst

Monique Roffey

The Gospel According to Cane

Courttia Newland

One Three One: A Time-Shifting Gnostic Hooligan Road Novel

Julian Cope

Young Blood

Sifiso Mzobe

Dancing With Statues

Caroline Doherty de Novoa

May We Be Forgiven

A M Homes

The Ice Age

Kirsten Reed

Choke Chain

Jason Donald

The Russian Concubine

Kate Furnivall

Voyage to the End of the Room

Tibor Fischer

The Dog Catcher

Alexei Sayle

Finbar's Hotel

Dermot Bolger

The Last Friend

Tahar Ben Jelloun

The Defections

Hannah Michell

Silence is my Mother Tongue

Sulaiman Addonia


Neil Jordan

Black Wave

Michelle Tea


Tim Winton

The Death of Bees

Lisa O'Donnell

Madame Mephisto

A M Bakalar

All the Lights

Clemens Meyer

Ever Fallen in Love

Zoe Strachan

Spilt Milk

Kopano Matlwa

The Last Patriarch

Najat El Hachmi

Sleeper's Wake

Alistair Morgan

The Schoolboy

Holly Howitt

The Zoo Keeper's War

Steven Conte

Fresh Apples

Rachel Trezise

As Far As You Can Go

Lesley Glaister

Skin Deep

Jacqueline Jacques

Born under Punches

Martyn Waites


Stephanie Theobald


Adam Roberts

The Fishcastle

Elizabeth Stead

All Hail the New Puritans

Nicholas Blincoe and Matt Thorne


Tom Franklin

A Clash of Kings

George R R Martin


David Llewellyn

Weight Loss

Upamanyu Chatterjee

The Wilding

Maria McCann

The Earlie King & the Kid in Yellow

Danny Denton