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MAY 02, 2013 - New Statesman

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Reviewed: Clever Girl by Tessa Hadley

A female Quixote.Clever Girl Tessa Hadley Jonathan Cape, 320pp, £16.99 Tessa Hadley is a clever writer who likes to play with form. Like Amish quilts, her novels are made up of homespun, domestic material, delicately worked over. Then you step back and see the bold structural decisions behind their composition. In 2011, her Orange Prize-longlisted novel The London Train offered us two 100-page-long stories, linked by theme and a single overlapping character. Now Clever Girl revives a very old genre, the female picaresque – prime examples are Daniel Defoe’s Moll Flanders ... Read More

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