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Half of the Human Race by Anthony Quinn

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Half of the Human Race by Anthony Quinn

Post by Vanessa » Sat February 11th, 2012, 1:18 pm


Summer of 1911. The streets of London ring with cheers for a new king's coronation and the cries of increasingly violent suffragette protests.

Connie Callaway, fired up by the possibilities of independence, wants more than the conventional comforts of marriage. Spirited and courageous, she is determined to fight for 'the greatest cause the world has ever known'.

Will Maitland, the rising star of county cricket, is a man of traditional opinions. He is both intrigued and appalled by Connie's outspokenness and her quest for self-fulfilment.

Buffeted and spun by choice and chance, their lives become inextricably entangled, even as the outbreak of war drives them further apart. This is a deeply affecting story of love against all the odds.

My Thoughts:

I very much enjoyed Half of the Human Race by Anthony Quinn. I approached it with slight trepidation, not being a fan of cricket, but I am pleased to say I was pleasantly surprised. Cricket is only a small part and it did not detract from the rest of the story. Knowledge of the jargon is not really necessary.

I thought it was well written and well researched. It was also quite moving in parts as it touched on the sadness of suicide. The historical aspect interested me mostly. I now feel I know a little more about the suffragette movement and the horror of World War I. The descriptions were vivid and gave a good sense of time and place, particularly the episodes in Holloway Prison and the trenches. It was all so easy to imagine and it must have been quite harrowing to have lived through those times.

The characters were well drawn, especially Connie. I admired her passion and need for independence and freedom. Will was a man of his time and conventions but I really felt his angst. I liked both of them and when I finally finished the book, I found myself wishing them well - I was totally drawn into their world.

All in all, I found this an excellent and fascinating read, combining fact with fiction. I look forward to reading further work by this author.
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