Piercing memoir of a ‘failed musician’

When I Grow Up, by Bernice Rubens, Little Brown, €26.25.

3rd December, 2005

When I Grow Up, by Bernice Rubens, Little Brown, €26.25.

Bernice Rubens never got to write her 26th novel. She died just over a year ago, aged 76. But her next book, according to the last page of When I Grow Up, would have been a story about writing a memoir, about the omissions that such a work entails, about the avoidance of hurt and thus the loss of certain events.

People, she says, are more...

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