H(esba) F(ay) Brinsmead John Rowe Townsend - Essay

John Rowe Townsend

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

Mrs Brinsmead's novels are for teenagers and are mostly about teenagers. No pre-adolescent child has a significant part to play in any of them. The teenagers come and go, as teenagers will, in a crowd; they are always on the move. The books themselves are full of warmth and energy and tend to have large casts, plenty of incident, and unusual richness of background. Not only do things happen; people change and develop. All Mrs Brinsmead's books are concerned with what she herself calls 'the problem of how to cope with life'. They are also concerned with the stage which comes before coping: namely finding out who and what you are.

She is particularly good at drawing the teenagers as...

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