I do love Nina Bawden's books. I love the way that the story is not as important as the characters. I started off loving her children's books, in particular Carrie's War, and I loved the way that the first part of Anna Apparent was in so many ways an adult version of this story.
Anna Apparent is a novel about a woman and her identity. Who exactly is the Anna of the title? By revealing episodes in Anna's life where she has played different roles (abused evacuee child, dutiful daughter of foster mother, nineteen-year old wife, mistress), Bawden paints a picture of Anna by centring on the other important people in her life, and it is only at the end that Anna is able to speak for herself.
I'm so glad that Nina Bawden has written so many books as they are such a pleasure to read and fortunately I still have plenty left to go for this challenge)
It's just been published the once by Virago. I've now decided to give my VMCs star ratings, and this one is 4*