Banks, Lynne Reid: The L-Shaped Room

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THE L-SHAPED ROOM was written by Lynne Reid Banks in 1960. It has sold all over the world and is one of the most famous post-war novels. The story isn t based on reality, it s fiction. Unfortunately, there is no more information about the author. The main character is Jane Graham, who works at a hotel as an assistant of the Public Relations Officer. She has to make sure that all the important guests are kept happy. She tells the story from her point of view. A couple of years ago she tried to be an actress and had a relationship with an actor called Terry. They split up but some years later they met in the holidays where they tried to start their relationship again, but they failed. Back in England Jane realizes that she is pregnant. She tells it to her father who throws her out of the house and calls her a tart. So she moves into a cheap, sordid room which was shaped like the letter L . At first she doesn t want to make any friends there but she cannot resist because John, Mavis, Doris and Toby are so kind. However, she doesn t tell anyone about the baby. She starts a relationship with Toby but when he gets to know about the baby he leaves her. So Jane thinks about an abortion. Mavis offers her some tablets and tells her to swallow them with plenty of gin. But Jane is of the opinion that a gin abortion isn t the right end for her baby. After several fits of faints and a short meeting with Toby in the house Jane wakes up again in hospital. She is relieved, however, when the ...

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