Marigold Green calls herself 'hideous, quaint and barmy'. Other people calle her Bilgewater, a corruption of Bill's daughter. Growing up in a boys' school where her father is housemaster, she is convinced of her own plainness and peculiarity. Groomed by the wise and loving Paula, upstaged by bad, beautiful Grace and ripe for seduction by entirely the wrong sort of boy, she suffers extravagantly and comically in her pilgrimage through the turbulent, twilight world of alarming adolescence
This is the most beautifully written book. Sad, sensitive, funny and passionate.I howled with tears and howled with laughter. I have become a huge Jane Gardam fan since a friend introduced me to Old Filth, then I went on to The Man in the Wooden Hat - the second part of the trilogy. Looking forward to the next part, Last Friends.