Well, I tried my best to finish MY FELLOW DEVILS by LP Hartley but there is a point where genteel restraint suffocates the prose and that’s what has happened here.
The story of Margaret Pennefather and her broken engagement with a barrister Nicholas Burden and eventual marriage with a film actor Colum McInnes is far too delicate and obscured by necklace clutching and gasps of Queen Victoria social clampdown to be interesting.
A twist or two, an unexpected death or something dark would do a lot to push the narrative forward but alas there is nothing like that.
There is the rigmarole about Catholicism as Colum is Catholic and Margaret is not but the end conflict is more about a crime that is committed (not a very interesting one).
Haven’t given up on Hartley but boy did he need to swing a little bit. Get out more etc....