Dauntless Liza Jarrett, born at the dawn of the twentieth century, is now in her eighties, frail and facing eviction with her cantankerous parrot Nelson, when she is visited by Stephen, a young gay social worker. As she learns to trust him, she recalls her life - her embittered, exhausted mother, her shell-shocked spiritualist husband, her beloved son and chaotic daugter. Their friendship, deepening with the unfolding of their stories, comes to sustain Liza through her last battle and brings new courage to Stephen.
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As a comment on the coming world of Thatcherism, this novel is blistering in its evocation of a country that now enables its young with little else than a sense of futility and entitlement. The 1980s was not the world of the yuppie, it was the time when the Thatcherite rich preyed on the vulnerable and profited from someone else's misery. Lisa's England shows how the lack of respect for the past and the destruction of its values remains prescient post millennium. This is one of Barker's most political novels.