A PROPER PLACE by Joan Lingard


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Remember Catholic Kevin and Protestant Sadie, Belfast's juvenile scrappers in The Twelfth Day of July (KR, 1972)? Now nineteen, three books later, they're married and living with baby Brendan in the slums of Liverpool where Sadie's mother visits, horrified by the littered streets and by a priest's visit, and where Kevin's sullen younger brother comes to stay with them and gradually shapes up into his own person. Everything is ""nice"" for Sadie, who makes friends of all the neighbors and whose only troubles are financial ones; even these she overcomes, buying a one-pound settee at auction and carrying it home through the streets, and doing domestic work to save for a pedigreed puppy. She's likable as ever though, and old friends will want to see the couple through to their jobs and cottage on a gentleman's farm, where Kevin is sure he's found the life he never knew he was looking for.

Pub Date: Aug. 1st, 1975
Page count: 170pp
Publisher: Nelson