Half of the human race by Anthony Quinn

I started off not liking the main characters much at all. The story is set within the world of cricket, which I know nothing about and left me feeling rather irritated by its constant use of insider terms and references. However, by halfway I was fully engaged with Connie, the suffragette and Will, the professional cricketer and eager to discover how the two very different worlds they inhabited and their strong characters could be reconciled. The story has unexpected depths and takes the reader into a world of strong causes, commitment, beliefs, loneliness and despair, and unrequited love, and a brutal look at the mistakes of the First World war. This is Quinn’s second novel and I am keen now to read his first one, The Rescue Man.

Helena

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