Cock Robin

Cock Robin

(1973) Heineman

‘Witty, cheerful, inventive and refreshingly shrewd.’ The Sunday Times

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My early books were written just as often from a man’s point of view or with a man as a central character as a woman ie A Painted Devil, Cock Robin and The Big Dipper. I never felt nervous about understanding a man’s approach to life – maybe because I grew up with four brothers. The eponymous Robin is a not very attractive character round which circle three women - so it is a women’s book too. At the time I was struck by how many apparently powerful women still paid deference to the man in their lives or the man they’d like to be in their lives. I guess that attitude’s long gone. Or possibly not?

‘Witty, cheerful, inventive and refreshingly shrewd.’ The Sunday Times

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‘A social comedy full of character and penetrating insights. It is often witty, cheerful, inventive and refreshingly shrewd.’ The Sunday Times

‘It’s cool and worldly, witty and dry.’ Daily Telegraph

‘It is a deceptively gentle, cruelly accurate portrait of the most insidious and possibly most undesirable type of male chauvinistic pig.’ She

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