Fall 2010 • Vol. XXXII No. 4 Book Reviews |

Come Back: The Work and Life of Storm Jameson

Margaret Storm Jameson: A Life by Jennifer Birkett. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009. 441 pages. $49.95, hardcover. The fiction of Storm Jameson includes some of the most haunting writing of the twentieth century; it lingers in the mind precisely when it borders on the experience of the revenant, on the compulsive return to a place from which the spirit has been removed by time; it feels a way between attachment and severance, between recovery and loss: She tried to remember her mother's first house in Danesacre, the one where she had been a child. Passing slowly from room to room, she recalled that the window of the kitchen had looked on to a yard through a wicker blind, and her mind dwelt lovingly on this blind. She had never seen one like it, it was of a sort no longer made. It seemed to her that her mother had made a grave mistake in not taking it with her to the new house. She went up to her own room in the house, and lay down on the bed near the wall. Lifting her

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Rod Menghham lectures in English at the University of Cambridge where he is also a fellow of Jesus College. He has published several books on nineteenth- and twentieth-century writing, most recently Introduction to Contemporary Fiction (Polity, 1999).

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