Tomorrow sees the launch of a new edition of Jane Duncan's bestselling novel My Friend Monica which has been out of print for many years.
Set in Scotland in the lates 1940s, a time of rationing and enamel draining-boards, this is a study of the shifting dynamics of marriage and friendship. As Janet and her future husband search for a house to live in, her WAAF friend, Lady Monica Loame, steps elegantly and disruptively back into her life. She brings not only memories of the war years but also the solution to their housing problem — a row of ruined cottages — and promptly moves in with the newly-married couple. A new Afterward includes brief extracts from Jane Duncan's WAAF diary.
Subtle and witty, with a wonderfully idiosyncratic cast of characters, My Friend Monica is a worthy successor to My Friends the Miss Boyds (re-printed last year on the centenary of the author's birth).
The book is available from The Emporium, High Street, Cromarty or from the publisher Millrace Books.