Father – Elizabeth von Arnim (British Library Women Writers)

Literature is full of overbearing or manipulative fathers - Dr Sloper in Henry James' Washington Square springs to mind - and Richard Dodge, the father of this 1931 novel, is up there with the finest. From a young age, Jennifer has looked after and supported her widowed father, typing up his manuscripts and maintaining his … Continue reading Father – Elizabeth von Arnim (British Library Women Writers)

Women’s Prize for Fiction 2020

They're all excellent novels - but I do think Hamnet should win the Women's Prize for Fiction this evening. As a piece of fictionalised biography, this is such a moving and beautiful account of marriage, motherhood, and grief that it stands head and shoulders even above giants such as Mantel and Evaristo. It'll be fascinating … Continue reading Women’s Prize for Fiction 2020