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By Anne Piper

Become your own protagonist…

Cuckoo is the story of several women whose lives are interwoven with a common thread – the unassuming, but ever-present, Prue.

At first a little girl in the charge of her pious grandmother, the parentless Prue grows into an introverted and self-conscious adolescent.

Perpetually on the fringes of the affairs of her friends and family, she plays a bit-part as a meek nuisance until she finds an older man and is suddenly propelled into a lead role.

Anne Piper’s second novel is full of wit, subtle studies of character and an unadorned wisdom about love, requited and not, and the relationship between the sexes.

Anne PiperĀ was born in Llandaff, Cardiff. She studied English at Newnham College, Cambridge, where she met David Piper – the later novelist and director of the National Portrait Gallery, Fitzwilliam Museum and the Ashmolean – whom she married in 1945 after his release from a Japanese prisoner of war camp. A socialite and activist, she was a lead participator in the nuclear disarmament marches on Aldermaston in the ’50s and ’60s. Between 1952 and 1979, she published nine novels, one of which, Yes, Giorgio (1961) was made into a film starring Luciano Pavarotti. Her play The Man-Eaters was produced at the Bristol Old Vic in 1959. She died in 2017 at the age of 96.

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