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How to Measure a Cow — and escape the shadows of the past

Despite her alias, Margaret Forster’s heroine finds it difficult to rebuild her life after serving ten years in prison

26 March 2016

9:00 AM

26 March 2016

9:00 AM

How to Measure a Cow Margaret Forster

Chatto & Windus, pp.209, £16.99, ISBN: 9781784740665

Margaret Forster, who died on 8 February, excelled at writing about complex relationships between women. Even old friends, she demonstrated, can experience jealousy, disapproval or dislike.

Here, ‘Sarah’ has changed her name to live incognito on the west coast of Cumbria, in a town chosen at random. When she gets locked out of her house, a bond is formed between her and her elderly neighbour Nancy — whose deceased friend Amy once owned Sarah’s rental and left Nancy a key.

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