Wow. What a first 150 pages! This post is spoiler free (we’re only at the beginning, after all) so if you’re not taking part but are curious about the first section, you can read on without worrying about stumbling on something that might ruin the book for you.
“The ladies swanning through St James’s Park this sunny November midday will not be required to change much between now and the end of their century. They are suitable for immediate use in the paintaings of Tissot, the sensation of the Seventies, but they could still pass muster for Munch twenty years later (though he might wish to make a few adjustments). Only a world war will finally destroy them” [Page 65]
If the whole book is as good as this first section, I can see it being one of my top books of the year.
“A pity really, that Sugar’s brain was not born into a man’s head, and instead squirms, constricted and crammed, in the dainty skull of a girl. What a contribution she might have made to the British Empire“