This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here The book I am reading about the Beatles mentions this book s plot It was interesting enough to look up the movie on IMDb and wow what glowing reviews it gets, from people who say it has stood the test of time I always thought it was like Gidget, probably because the Georgy Girl song became the Barbie theme song So I asked Mother today if she remembers it and she said it was really quite scandalous Combined with the wikipedia article about the book or some other review that said it captu The book I am reading about the Beatles mentions this book s plot It was interesting enough to look up the movie on IMDb and wow what glowing reviews it gets, from people who say it has stood the test of time I always thought it was like Gidget, probably because the Georgy Girl song became the Barbie theme song So I asked Mother today if she remembers it and she said it was really quite scandalous Combined with the wikipedia article about the book or some other review that said it captured the mod culture, I am stoked.UPDATE May 21This book is not the Austin Powers Romp that I expected It has been described in a couple places as the perfect encapsulation of the Mods in London the back of the book says it s wildly hilarious and off beat It s really just terribly sad Definitely scandalous I wonder what the sensibility of the 1960s was Is it funny that there s a vivacious girl who thinks she is ugly and washed up Why is she such a doormat I m just not sure what I am supposed to make of the character The roommate is clearly a bitch and portrayed as such there s no doubt what the author wants you to think about her But the other characters are just repulsive I am getting the feeling that the movie might be better than the book and I don t know anyone who has seen the movie and I haven t even gotten halfway through the book A good actress and it looks like they got one could make Georgy seem spontaneous rather than dopey, and the right actor could make James seem less disgusting and pedophilic AT LEAST the author has acknowledged that James is disgusting and pedophilic.The most interesting part of the book right now is the love contract Seriously There s a love contract, complete with thirty day notice provisos If that s supposed to be a comic device it s working because it s the best thing I have seen in a book in a year.UPDATE MAY 22The characters have become even less attractive Good thing it s a quick read or I d drop it.UPDATE MAY 24Everyone is unpleasant Georgy should never have been left with that baby In fact, the nurses should have let the mother give it up for adoption on the very first day that she said she wanted to Georgy s overinvolvement with the infant is creepy, and Jos the father is a scumbag James is repulsive and Georgy s parents are unbelievably self absorbed Pat the neighbor or whatever her name is was dumbed down and infantilized beyond belief It is nonetheless obvious why they made a movie of it and I find it entirely possible that the actors and directors redeem this story, but now I am very unsure that I want to see it On the other hand, I got time to watch it And Lynn Redgrave as Georgy intrigues me Plus the other actors are way famous.The only true emotion in this book was James s uneasiness and ashamed apathy about his wife s death I totally bought that It was a fantastic characterization of two people and a relationship, in very few words and without judgment or sentimentality So Forster can definitely write Ultimately, this seems to be a readable first novel that got picked up for salaciousness In the end I m curious about two things is Margaret Forster related to E.M Forster and are her other books better Georgy is young, gregarious and fun she is also large, self confessedly ugly and desperate for love Georgy bears her fate bravely as she alternates between playing the fool and humbling herself before Meredith, her pretty, callous flatmate, although when James, middle aged socialite and self imposed Uncle , asks Georgy to become his mistress, she is tempted to accept Then Meredith announces that she is pregnant and Jos, the expectant father, decides he is in love with Georgy How wonderful to find an enjoyable book that has zero likeable characters Georgy is a self loathing doormat, her roommate Meredith is an unfeeling bitch, Meredith s boyfriend turned husband Jos is a cheating, responsibility avoiding slacker, and on and on And I loved it Georgy doesn t have to be likeable, however, for the reader to feel for her plight She s not ugly, just kind of galumphy, and insecure James, the wealthy older man who has employed her father as a live in valet toady since b How wonderful to find an enjoyable book that has zero likeable characters Georgy is a self loathing doormat, her roommate Meredith is an unfeeling bitch, Meredith s boyfriend turned husband Jos is a cheating, responsibility avoiding slacker, and on and on And I loved it Georgy doesn t have to be likeable, however, for the reader to feel for her plight She s not ugly, just kind of galumphy, and insecure James, the wealthy older man who has employed her father as a live in valet toady since before Georgy was born, seems to have grown to find her kind of a brick shithouse, and offers to make her his mistress Thus the book turns into a sharp look at early British feminism What choices does Georgy have, after all She can be a wife, or a mistress, a mother, a spinster That she seems to thrive in that doormat role, easily subsuming her personality in service to Meredith, Jos, and eventually baby Sara, doesn t make her a character to be loathed as much as pitied She still has emotions and feelings and horniness She isn t much different from her father Ted, who has given his entire life to a rich man he met in a bar, and could also be seen as a contrast to her mother Doris, a bitter, unhappy woman who belittles Georgy and nags Ted Racier than the movie is, mainly because the book affords you the opportunity to hear interior monologues, this book deals with issues of class, self esteem, appearance, choice, sex, love, andThe only downside I can see is you ll have the Seekers song stuck in your head for about a week BBC BLURB By Margaret Forster Dramatised by Rhiannon Tise Jos has Georgy all to himself once again but having to care for a baby has changed everything and a frustrated Jos takes drastic action.Directed by Tracey NealeThe Story As part of our British New Wave season the Fifteen Minute Drama brings to the Radio 4 airwaves the compelling story of Georgina Parkin Georgy is twenty seven Brought up in Kensington by her parents, Ted and Doris who are live in servants of rich socialite James She li BBC BLURB By Margaret Forster Dramatised by Rhiannon Tise Jos has Georgy all to himself once again but having to care for a baby has changed everything and a frustrated Jos takes drastic action.Directed by Tracey NealeThe Story As part of our British New Wave season the Fifteen Minute Drama brings to the Radio 4 airwaves the compelling story of Georgina Parkin Georgy is twenty seven Brought up in Kensington by her parents, Ted and Doris who are live in servants of rich socialite James She lives in her own flat in Battersea with the cool and disdainful Meredith who has the male population at her feet Georgy thinks her flat mate is beautiful, witty and clever Georgy, on the other hand, is a physically awkward, large young woman, who lacks self esteem, never been taken out on a date, let alone kissed She is desperate to meet someone and fall in love This is the Swinging Sixties after all.And then she falls in love with Jos, a charming and directionless young man But there s a problem he s Meredith s fella and there are complications when Meredith announces she is pregnant A tangled living situation emerges Then James makes Georgy an unconventional and surprising offer which she agrees to think about Is his offer the key to Georgy s happiness Or, will she hold out for true love with Jos The Writer Margaret Forster is the author of many successful novels, including Lady s Maid, Have the Men Had Enough and The Memory Box and several acclaimed biographies, including Good Wives Her most recent books have been Diary of an Ordinary Woman and The Unknown Bridesmaid.The Dramatist Rhiannon won the Richard Imison Award for her first radio play The Waltzer Her most recent radio play, broadcast earlier this year, was Outside In Rhiannon has written for the BBC series Doctors and her stage plays have been performed at The Royal Court, The Royal National Theatre, The Traverse Theatre, The Tron Theatre Glasgow, Soho Theatre and The Arcola Theatre.Sing Along That scene from the filmThis was a perfect production of the story, oozing contemporary 45s in the backgound I loved this book The story of a vindictive, unwed mother, a swinging London musician, and their depressed roommate who fears sex and adulthood, Georgy Girl is like a time capsule of the mid 60 s George s spinelessness can be frustrating at times as others have pointed out , but the author s skillful depiction always helped me know why she was being so obsequious, which put it all in perspective Further, as the story get heavier good 60 s term there , George getsdecisive, even if I loved this book The story of a vindictive, unwed mother, a swinging London musician, and their depressed roommate who fears sex and adulthood, Georgy Girl is like a time capsule of the mid 60 s George s spinelessness can be frustrating at times as others have pointed out , but the author s skillful depiction always helped me know why she was being so obsequious, which put it all in perspective Further, as the story get heavier good 60 s term there , George getsdecisive, even if it sandtinged with tragedy I loved that many important plot points were seen through the eyes of the trio s neighbor Peg, theextreme version of George and a really sympathetic tertiary character I loved the very difficult relationship George had with her parents and how it evolved I loved that the comic moments were really comic i.e NURSE Your wife refuses to have anything to do with her baby Do you know why JOS She s a bitch I loved that it made me think about thelimited options women had at the time it takes place Though apparently the author is embarrassed by it now it being only her second book, I believe, of a long career , Georgy Girl is funny and moving, and most definitely worth a read Read the book shortly after seeing the movie in 1966 I loved the movie and the book Even tho I was 2 yrs married to loving husband, I WAS Georgy with so many of her self doubts I can see why modern readers might not agree, but I think it is one of those ya hadda be there things All the characters are flawed, to be sure, but where is the story if they are not Believe me, it was a Very Confusing Time for everyone and unexplainable to most. Awful, just awful This is the 2nd Margaret Foster book I ve read, and I think it is my last Why are all her female protagonists such dopey, clueless doormats I give up. Hey there Georgy Girl, There s another Georgy deep inside, Bring out all the love you hide, and oh what a change there d be, the world would see a new Georgy Girl Anyone growing up in the 1960s and 1970s would instantly recognise that song by the Seekers, from the film by the same name Being a little girl myself at the time, I always wondered about this Georgy Girl person, and then I found this book This is Margaret Forster s third book, published way back in 1965 when she was only in her m Hey there Georgy Girl, There s another Georgy deep inside, Bring out all the love you hide, and oh what a change there d be, the world would see a new Georgy Girl Anyone growing up in the 1960s and 1970s would instantly recognise that song by the Seekers, from the film by the same name Being a little girl myself at the time, I always wondered about this Georgy Girl person, and then I found this book This is Margaret Forster s third book, published way back in 1965 when she was only in her mid twenties herself Is any of it autobiographical I sincerely hope not I wonder if she knew people who had the characteristiscs of the people she writes about maybe They are certainly very diverse, and actually none of them particularly likeable.First up there is Georgy s parents who are in the employ of the wealthy but childless James Leamington They are bitter and disappointed about their lives The only joy in their lives, if you could call it that, is their daughter Georgy, now in her early twenties, trying to make her own life, but with really no idea on how to go about doing it Mr Leamington has always treated Georgy as his own child, paying for her education and helping set her up as a dance teacher A sad and lonely man in his late 40s, he makes Georgy an offer that she refuses, wanting to make her own life for herself Georgy is actually quite a nice person and not stupid, but is a complete doormat for other people to walk all over She flats with the truly awful Meredith, a narcissistic spoilt brat of a person who rather bizarrely is a classical musician She is pregnant to her boyfriend of the moment, Jos, with whom Georgy is madly in love In a peculiar turn of events, Jos and Georgy end up together, looking after the baby that Meredith refuses to have anything to do with In such circumstances the relationship is doomed from the start, with Georgy giving all her love to the baby, and none left over for Jos.It sort of all works out in the end and Georgy would appear to be happy in the final decisions she makes But I can t help wondering, in the new wave of feminism sweeping through the 1960s, if her decision really was the right one It is almost as if she is caught between the very traditional and clearly defined values of post war England and the new hedonism and opportunities available to young women of the post war young generation Maybe a sequel would reveal how the next few years of Georgy s life may have turned out Rather than enjoyable I did find the book interesting, but I didn t really find any of the characters very enjoyable They were all really quite awful and unlikeable Georgy could have been likeable, but I was annoyed at her because she didn t really like herself and spent most of her time trying to please others It was really only towards the end that she did begin to find that other Georgy inside and begin to make decisions for herself instead of for others Much1960s Well my tablet died, and this happened to be in my bag at work I really loved a good chunk of this book, in part because I didn t love all the characters Georgy is my age in the book, and perhaps that is why I liked her a bitI think the ending was very honest, in a way, but because of the way it turned out, I couldn t whole heartedly give it five stars I did love the writing style, and the descriptive nature of Margaret Forster s writing though. With the exception of Dances With Wolves , I ve never seen a movie that goes by the book as much as Georgy Girl Meredith is despicable Georgy is pathetic James is arrogant Ted is a syncophant Doris is miserable Peg is a prying slob, and Jos is irresponsible and unfeeling The only character who has any redeeming qualities at all is baby Sara Just give her time being related to that bunch.