Olivia Laing

Unkempt Eden

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The setting of Joanna Briscoe’s third novel, You, is a wild and defiantly unacademic school in the West Country that resembles the progressive Dartington Hall in both mores and architecture. As a girl in the 1970s Cecilia was forced to attend it. Now a successful writer, she has returned to her childhood home to try to make sense of her teenage years, and in particular her relationship with Mr Dahl, the austere English teacher who seemed to be its saving grace. 

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