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How miserable a marriage can be

Olivia Glazebrook's intense and disconcerting Never Mind Miss Fox casts an unflinching eye on the darker aspects of marriage and motherhood

1 February 2014

9:00 AM

1 February 2014

9:00 AM

Never Mind Miss Fox Olivia Glazebrook

Virago, pp.256, £12.99, ISBN: 9781844089413

In Never Mind Miss Fox, Olivia Glazebrook’s second novel, the revelation of a long buried secret releases a Pandora’s Box of disasters. At the heart of the book is a disturbing sex scene between a 16-year-old girl and an older, soon-to-be-married man. With intelligent restraint, Glazebrook gives only a partial description of the event itself.

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