Review – ‘Harriet Said’ by Beryl Bainbridge

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Bainbridge’s first novel written (it wasn’t her first published -it came out in 1972) is apparently¬†loosely inspired by the Parker-Hulme murder case in New Zealand (which you may know from Heavenly Creatures, the Peter Jackson film) however the stories are only similar in so far as they both focus on young girls who intentionally set out to cause harm to an adult; in Harriet Said, though, the goal is not murder, but just really hardcore bullying and stalking. It’s weird and upsetting and sometimes violent.

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