In 1914 they had been eleven years old - Dicey, Mumbo and Sheikie. Nearly fifty years have gone by since they met at St Agatha's, a day school on the South Coast. One of them, Dicey, a beauty to whom time has so far done little, deliberately convenes the other two - Clare, a successful career woman, and Sheila, a glossy matron, cool and correct. Can friendship be taken up where it left off? For there is peril in summoning up the violence and mystification's of childhood. Forces which has been latent in all three are brought uncomfortably near to the surface by this reunion. With its wit and its characteristically brilliant texture, the novel is ingeniously constructed. There is little explanation in THE LITTLE GIRLS, but they are many clues. Even inanimate objects can be important, and random sayings or seemingly trivial events may acquire, retrospectively, a strange significance.