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The Old Jest

by Jennifer Johnston

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2658 The Old Jest, by Jennifer Johnston (read 5 Oct 1994) (Whitbread Book of the Year for 1979) This 1980 novel is laid in 1920, near Dublin. Nancy Gulliver, 18, comes to know a man, about 50, who is working for the Irish. He has Nancy take a message to a boy, which sets up the death of 12 British soldiers, and Nancy is present when the British get the man. The book is beautifully written, but does not have the kick, except at the end, which Shadows on Our Skin and How Many Miles to Babylon? have. ( )
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