THE MARGIN by J.D. Scott


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A first novel which is delicately analytical, ascorbic, and is effective in its scoring of certain characters and their areas of activity- in this case a London film studio and a government bureau- but which is, cumulatively, a little unsure in its narrative purpose. This centers on Margaret Warriner, a rather new appointee to a Civil Service job; Gard, her Chief, incorruptible and inflexible; Colin Shirlaw, a director in films, whose aggressive inferiority is particularly touched off by Margaret's Oxford ""sherry party manner""; others in her office, and in Colin's studio. The action covers Margaret's affair with Colin; his quixotic behaviour which ends in the breaking of his contract; the loss of a confidential folder in Margaret's office which eventually ricochets against Gard; and finally Margaret's decision to marry Colin, for all his professional and personal instability.... Assured, aware rather than affecting, this indulges little sentiment and offers more for the discriminating rather than the popular reader.

Publisher: Knopf