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The Persephone Book of Short Stories: What a Lovely Surprise by Penelope Mortimer

Jill, the main character in What a Lovely Surprise; Penelope Mortimer’s portrayal of a middle-class family in 1957, is a housewife and a mother of three children. Jill is turning 39 years old, and her family is getting ready for her birthday celebrations – a family tradition which had started when their eldest child Louisa […]