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1784333794
Talking book - CD:The Hourglass Factory [sound recording] / Lucy Ribchester.:2015 The Hourglass Factory [sound recording] / Lucy Ribchester.
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Author: Ribchester, Lucy,
Author: Scott, Lucy, 1966-
Publication year: 2015
Language: English
Media class: Talking book - CD
Classification: 823.92
Resource type: Physical
ISBN: 9781784333799 (CDs) :
Notes:
Read by Lucy Scott.
Additional information: 11 CDs (13 hr.) : digital, stereo
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Paperback:The Hourglass Factory:2015.
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Description:
1912 and London is in turmoil. The suffragette movement is reaching fever pitch but for broke Fleet Street tomboy Frankie George, just getting by in the cut-throat world of newspapers is hard enough. Sent to interview trapeze artist Ebony Diamond, Frankie finds herself fascinated by the tightly laced acrobat and follows her across London to a Mayfair corset shop that hides more than one dark secret. Then Ebony Diamond mysteriously disappears in the middle of a performance, and Frankie is drawn into a world of tricks, society columnists, corset fetishists, suffragettes and circus freaks.

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This is a silly novel which exploits the Bletchley Park myth. Lucy Ribchester writes lucidly and has done plenty of research into Bletchley, but that story of intercepts and potential for espionage has been twisted and turned so many times that she strains to maximise her research and has to concoct an increasingly silly plot to get more out of the subject. There are just too many red herrings, together with a surfeit of possible definitive explanations -- for instance that Honey Deschamps may be re-living a Hitchcock film for Ribchester to manage them to a plausible conclusion. Spy-novel clichés damage more interesting efforts to lean towards a social history of Bletchley Park and its female employees. Near the end, once the plot is unravelled, there is an almost guilty attempt to reassert and respect the underlying activities of Bletchley Park but even that and the switch into a symbolic mode near the end only confirm that this is a misguided project.
29/09/16
douglast
Bromleybc
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Paperback:The amber shadows:2016.:Paperback Original.
Author: Ribchester, Lucy, author.
Year 2016.
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Edition: Paperback Original.
Publisher: Simon & Schuster,
Resource type: Physical
455 pages ; 20 cm
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1471139301
Paperback:The Hourglass Factory:2015.
Author: Ribchester, Lucy, author.
Year 2015.
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Simon & Schuster,
Resource type: Physical
504 pages ; 20 cm
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178433748X
Talking book - CD:The amber shadows:2016.:Paperback Original.
Author: Ribchester, Lucy, author.
Narrator: Scott, Lucy, 1966- narrator.
Year 2016.
Language: English
Media class: Talking book - CD
Edition: Paperback Original.
Publisher: Oakhill,
Resource type: Physical
9 CDs (11 hr., 30 min.) : digital, stereo
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