Friday, 5 July 2013

Butterfly Cabinet - Bernie McGill

 For some reason I had thought that this was a crime thriller. It isn't.
After disciplining one of her children Harriet is jailed when the discipline goes fatally wrong.
Based in the 19th century in an era of seen and not heard the story tells the tale of the mother and her household from the maid's perspective 70 years later and the prison diary of the mother.
The sharp contrast between today's nanny state and the 19th century really gives pause for thought.
Just how unhinged was this woman? or was this acceptable behaviour? With added interest in the families this is a clever book that actually makes you wonder about your own viewpoint as you read it.
I may have been mistaken about the type of book but I'm glad I got the opportunity to read it.

Publisher - Headline Review

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