The orphaned Hugo is brought up in a house he loves but that will never be his, by a step-mother he loves but who leaves him when she dies young. The theme of the book is of love and bitter-sweet acceptance of loss.
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In Hugo, description is not the problem; it is honesty. In this rarefied atmosphere of reserve, honour and truthfulness, Hugo has no understanding of the need for denial or discretion, but his increasingly ‘sensitive’ behaviour, inevitably causes trouble within the family. A quiet tale, skilfully told. Gay Times