"Whenever a man appeared a battle broke out." I loved Bayley's Girl With Dove, now on the A-Level English reading list, and this second memoir in which she again evokes her difficult childhood is equally striking and memorable. As a succession of troubled men appear and disappear from the family home, Bayley turns to Shakespeare for worldly male wisdom, and to Oberon, Prince Hal, Falstaff and others. She is so wonderfully skilled at capturing the way life is lived half in and half outside a young person's head as they try and make sense of the world. Now 21st January 2021.