Gunnel Beckman

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[Gunnel Beckman] appears to have laboured under the popular misconception that anyone with enough common sense can write fiction. The success of her Mia … was due far more to its careful analysis of adolescent sexual dilemma than to nice points of art. Two years later [in The Loneliness of Mia] the heroine has ditched Jan in favour of Martin, a smoothie with a neat line in unbuttoning blouses, and has become an enthusiastic member of a women's group. Superior kitsch though much of the writing is, we are never left in doubt as to the piety of the author's aims and the breadth of her understanding.

Jonathan Keates, "Occult," in New Statesman (© 1975 The Statesman & Nation Publishing Co. Ltd.), Vol. 89, No. 2304, May 16, 1975, p. 668.∗

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