Review: The Miseducation of Evie Epworth by Matson Taylor

Title: The Miseducation of Evie Epworth

Author: Matson Taylor

Pages: 304 Pages

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

The Blurb

July, 1962

Sixteen year-old Evie Epworth stands on the cusp of womanhood. But what kind of a woman will she become?

The fastest milk bottle-delivery girl in East Yorkshire, Evie is tall as a tree and hot as the desert sand. She dreams of an independent life lived under the bright lights of London (or Leeds). The two posters of Adam Faith on her bedroom wall (‘brooding Adam’ and ‘sophisticated Adam’) offer wise counsel about a future beyond rural East Yorkshire. Her role models are Charlotte Bronte, Shirley MacLaine and the Queen. But, before she can decide on a career, she must first deal with the malign presence of her future step-mother, the manipulative and money-grubbing Christine.

If Evie can rescue her bereaved father, Arthur, from Christine’s pink and over-perfumed clutches, and save the farmhouse from being sold off then maybe she can move on with her own life and finally work out exactly who it is she is meant to be.

Moving, inventive and richly comic, The Miseducation of Evie Epworth is the most joyful debut novel of the year and the best thing to have come out of Yorkshire since Wensleydale cheese.   

The Review

The Miseducation of Evie Epworth is the joyous period novel that centres around, family – the one you are related too and the one that you create with the people around you.

Evie Epworth is sixteen years old and ready to tackle the big wide world. Her father’s fiancé has other ideas about what Evie should be doing with her future and thus begins our Cinderella story that involves, injury, sexual liberation, cake and cows.

Evie’s greatest challenge is revealing to her father the terrible behaviour of her soon-to-be stepmum, Christine, and to somehow become a fabulous scenester in London. With the help of her community of friends and neighbours and a bit of modern day technology she tackles Christine head on regardless of the consequences which in Evie’s case consists of a full time job in a hairdressers.

I really enjoyed reading The Miseducation of Evie Epworth. It was a lovely distraction from life. It won’t be the story that changes your life but it will put a smile on your face. The perfect holiday read and I am so excited for the sequel.

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