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Jane Miller

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

Ursula Holden's first novel [Endless Race] is the story of a woman who has been damaged by childhood rejection….

It is easy to deplore what is done to Pauline and what she, as a consequence, does to herself. It is not easy, though, to feel for her or even to understand her sufficiently to do more than wince at her experiencing of pain and error. Victims may be bereft of speech, but this victim had seemed able to fight her battles, at least in an underhand way. Her capitulation deprives her of interest. Miss Holden is, however, a clever mimic, good at the habits and speech of some broadly seen types…. The theme of incest is invoked rather than examined, and Pauline's brother is sketched in as her desirable opposite, capable where she is incapable, but as opaque and mysterious, finally, as she is.

Jane Miller, "Ugly Sister," in The Times Literary Supplement (© Times Newspapers Ltd. (London) 1975; reproduced from The Times Literary Supplement by permission), No. 3830, August 8, 1975, p. 902.