By Jackie May for The Times:
What are you reading?
The Bay of Noon by Shirley Hazzard.
In a nutshell?
This is the story of Jenny, an English woman who escapes a messy family background to work in Naples after the war.
Jenny dates a Scottish colleague, but their brittle, tentative courtship is overshadowed by the intense friendship Jenny strikes up with Gioconda, a beautiful writer, and her married lover, Gianni.
Why read it?
It’s far more than a relationship drama and the characters are spiky and complex.
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