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Before The War by Fay Weldon (April 2016)

A novel of Love, Death and Aristocracy in Twenties London

Consider Vivien in November 1922.  She is twenty-four, and a spinster.  She wears fashionably droopy clothes, but she is plain and - worse in those times - intelligent.

Fortunately Vivien is rich, so she can bribe somebody to marry her.  What nobody knows is that Vivien is pregnant, and will die in childbrith in just a few months...

Inventive, warm, playful and full of Weldon's trademark ironic edge, this is a spellbinding historical novel from one of the best novelists of our time.
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