Sylvia Blackwell, a young woman in her 20s, moves to East Mole, a quaint market town in middle England, to start a new job as a children's librarian. But the apparently pleasant town is not all it seems.
Sylvia falls in love with an older man - but it's her connection to his precocious young daughter and her neighbours' son which will change her life and put them, the library and her job under threat.
How does the library alter the young children's lives, and how do the children fare as a result of the books Sylvia introduces them to?
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the book was ok and, if I had read it maybe would have enjoyed it more. However the reader was absolutely awful. Apart from reading it like a children's book or, at times, a shopping list, she couldn't read some words properly. After she had said pacific instead of specific i was mildly forgiving but having a doctor say "skellington" was unforgivable.
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I enjoyed listening to this - but wished sometimes I had the text to back it up, as I would like to have gone over some of facts. Set in the 1950's through to the present day, it describes how the heroine, Sylvia, the newly arrived childrens librarian in a small town (England), relates to her readers and neighbours. Inevitably, plenty of childrens books are mentioned, and brought back very many memories. However, I was surprised that she did not include Enid Blyton, as myself and friends were passionate about her stories during the 1950s, not Treasure Island or Coral Island. I liked Salley Vickers description of the anxiety surrounding the 11 plus, and the typical post-war relationship between the A, B, and C streams in primary schools. There is also an adult side to the story, as Sylvia falls in love with a married doctor. Part 2 of the story progresses to the present day, and we learn what happened to the children in the story when they became adults.