Three thoughts on Undue Influence by Anita Brookner:
01. Never have I wanted to shake a character hard and say “Get a grip” as much as I have wanted to with Claire Pitt.
02. Happily, Claire provided the perfect case study for me at uni this week. Her anxious attachment, her grief and her inner-critic that NEVER SHUTS UP made for fascinating analysis. Thanks Claire!
03. You might enjoy this book if you like whiny, self-pitying and entitled internal monologues…. Anyone? Anyone? No, I didn’t think so.
Claire has vague travel plans that may or may not include Italy. Try a Contessa – a twist on the Negroni (my favourite Italian cocktail).