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INTRODUCED BY LISSA EVANS'I envy anyone yet to discover the joy of Monica Dickens.
She's beady eyed, big hearted and blissfully funny' Nina StibbePoppy, newly recruited cub reporter at the Downingham Post, is determined to prove to the editor that he's wrong in his belief that 'Women are a nuisance in the office'.
He certainly doesn't think she's a nuisance when it's time for the tea round - a job which never fails to fall to the only female reporter. What Poppy lacks in experience, she makes up for in spirit and ambition.
She'll make the Downingham Post the best regional newspaper there is - even if she occasionally gets the names wrong in court hearings.
Life, for a single professional woman in the post-war years, certainly has its challenges - from finding a room, when the tyrannical landlady doesn't consider Poppy to be quite respectable, to changing her editor's deeply entrenched ways.
This semi-autobiographical novel, recounted with Monica Dickens's wit, warmth and wry observation, will charm all who read it. If you enjoyed My Turn to Make the Tea, you will love One Pair of Feet, Dickens's novel of being a wartime trainee nurse, also published in Virago Modern Classics.
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