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A Sixpenny Song

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A Sixpenny Song, Jennifer Johnston, book reviewA man dies of a massive heart attack in his Dublin house. A villain for our modern times, Mr Ross is a rich man employed in the world of finance, who remained distant from his daughter Annie and blind to her passions throughout her childhood. After Annie’s mother died, he sent her away to boarding school in England. Upon her return, he tells her that she is not going to take up her place to study literature at Trinity College, but is instead joining him in the family firm to learn how to make money from money and realise the satisfaction of growing her own assets. After all, he just wants the best for her. Annie responds by fleeing to London, finding a flat in Notting Hill and a job in a bookshop.


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