A Bit of Singing and Dancing

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First edition (publ. Hamish Hamilton)

A Bit of Singing and Dancing is a short story collection by British writer Susan Hill. It was published in 1973.

The story mainly focuses on the tyranny and the freedom. Many people desire for the freedom just like Esme Fanshaw in this story. However, when people are bounded with tyranny for so many years, it's a challenge for them to have a new life with freedom as they don't get used to it. In other words, people can not get rid of their old life.[1] It has been described as "a vivid picture of the loneliness of old age".[2]

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  1. ^ http://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=7264
  2. ^ Ronald Carter and John McRae. The Routledge History of Literature in English: Britain and Ireland. Routledge, 2001. 490.

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