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Up The Junction: A Virago Modern Classic

Nell Dunn

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Virago Modern Classics, Fiction, Classic fiction (pre c 1945)

Published in 1963 Up the Junction won the John Llewellyn Rhys Memorial Prize, was adapted into a film and was the inspiration for the song of the same name.

The girls - Rube, Lily and Sylvie - work at McCrindle's sweet factory during the week and on Saturday they go up the Junction in their clattering stilettos, think about new frocks on H.P., drink tea in the cafe, and talk about their boyfriends. In these uninhibited, spirited vignettes of young women's lives in the shabby parts of South London in the sixties, money is scarce and enjoyment to be grabbed while it can.

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Nell Dunn

Nell Dunn was born in 1936 and convent-educated up to the age of fourteen. Her first book of short stories, UP THE JUNCTION, was published in 1963 bringing her immediate recognition. She has three sons and lives in London and Wiltshire.

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