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Book review: Getting It Right, by Elizabeth Jane Howard

Gavin Young is a 31-year-old women's hairdresser who works in a London salon and lives with his parents. He is sensitive and cultured, interested in literature, classical music, and art. Events are seen entirely through his eyes and we are privy to his thoughts, fantasies, and numerous anxieties, especially about women; outside the safe confines of the salon he finds them fascinating but also terrifying, and he has never had sex with anyone, male or female. This is a bildungsroman - a coming-of-age novel; the events it describes take place in a single week, in which Gavin's life takes a new direction. [More]

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