A Calculated Life by Anne Charnock. Near-future science fiction with a genetically engineered human who begins to test the limits of what she's permitted. Really liked this book: appealing and believable characters combined with great world building. Not sure if the "Mundane SF" movement is still going, but this would be a fine example of how it could work.
I really liked the way the dystopian society is gradually revealed. It starts off with characters going to work in offices in an apparently normal way, and lets you work it out yourself. It's also a believably soft dystopia, like Octavia Butler's "Parable" series.
Well worth reading.
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Saw Bugsy Malone on TV, which I haven't seen since I was a kid: spoof gangster movie with an all-child cast and custard pies and "splurge guns" instead of gunfights. Thought the toddler might like it: he was mildly interested but drifted off. I think because the custard pie fights are played straight he didn't realise they're supposed to be funny. Somewhat entertaining: was amazed at how the songs have stuck in my head despite not having seen the film in decades. The chorus girls seem pretty dodgy by the twenty-first century standards though.
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