Little recognition for ordinary folk

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I must say that the contents of Mr F Jennings’ letter in the Star published on January 18, regarding the gongs seemingly given out willy-nilly to the largely undeserved, has my full agreement.

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It is sadly the truth that media ‘stars’ and sporting ‘heroes’ appear to have precedence over the normal men and women who ‘work behind the scenes’ for little or no recognition – not that they would seek it, I surmise.

I am in the process of reading the Swann Saga by R.F. Delderfield in which a reference is made to this very theme, and as the action takes place in the mid-19th century until the outbreak of the First World War it occurred to me that nothing changes!

Incidentally, I would urge any readers who enjoy excellent plots, characterisation and his English, which is a joy to read, to seek out any of his publications – you won’t be disappointed.

I particularly liked a reference to politicians in the third and final book of the saga which is as true today as the era in which it was set.

William Huxley, Reabrook

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