Jumping the Queue (Black Swan)
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An unconventional heroine and a great read, 20 Sep 2001
By A Customer
This was the first Mary Wesley I read and I have since read others. The heroine, Matilda, has made a huge decision about her life but is thwarted from carrying this out by a chain of events. Matilda an elderly widow full of spark, flouts convention in a way that I can only envy. Her firm, unfussy character is well rounded and strangely likeable.
The story is told with humour as Matilda meets and helps a man who is to have a dramatic effect on her circumstances. Along with her pet goose (yes really) her anarchic humour and reminiscences about her husband make her a very real character involved in an intriguing and poignant story. This is a story about memories, ageing, convention and fleetingly, the shallowness of youth (especially like it when Matilda deliberately pees on the favourite picnic spot of a group of exuberant youths on a beach). Very readable, very well written, and a good introduction to Mary Wesley