16 Aug 2011 – from Elaine at the LibraryThing Virago Group

I started this in All Virago All August, hence reading it out of turn.

2 novellas: "Delicate Monster" is a tale of rivalry between two writers that reminded me of Graham Greene's "The End of the Affair" in both tone and content; "The Single Heart" was a brave and forthright portrayal of the visceral effects of love and jealousy'; and "A Day Off" a single day in the life of an ageing kept woman – with flashbacks – which reminded me of Patrick Hamilton's "20,000 Streets Under The Sky". All were atmospheric and featured strong woman carving out their own lives, if not exactly cosy reads!

All of these except the last are my September reads, by the way. I've been writing reviews in my notebook but not getting them online!