For me, incredibly deep view of life in England approx 1945-mid 60's and the future. One of the books I would take to a desert island - I have read and reread it. I so appreciate her insights on politics, both left and right, families, relationships, schizophrenia and the mental health professions, growing up, peace movement, writers, and more. I've read it over 6 times, I would guess, and I keep finding fascinating insights. It is the 5th of a series, but stands on its own, tho reading the others is worthwhile and does add to your understanding of the main character. I recommend reading them spaced out, not one after the other, as she is a bit longwinded.