A Pin to See the Peepshow – F. Tennyson Jesse #BritishLibraryWomenWriters

Julia Almond, as a character says towards the end, ‘isn’t an ordinary woman.’ But she is a very recognisable woman in literature– a woman who uses whatever skills she has to better her existence, who craves nicer things, and who possessively guards her own room so she can sometimes be alone. She isn’t one of … Continue reading A Pin to See the Peepshow – F. Tennyson Jesse #BritishLibraryWomenWriters

Atonement’s links – Rosamond Lehmann’s Dusty Answer

I’m teaching McEwan’s Atonement this year for the first time, and this has sent me off in search of all the works which have influenced McEwan’s novel. Some of the texts are familiar to me – The Go-Between, Brideshead Re-visited, anything by Woolf – but I hadn’t read Rosamond Lehmann’s Dusty Answer (1927). In fact, … Continue reading Atonement’s links – Rosamond Lehmann’s Dusty Answer

Mamma – Diana Tutton (British Library Women Writers)

In other hands, this could have been an uncomfortable (or perhaps horribly salacious) read, concerning as it does a growing connection between a woman and a younger man. But Tutton is too good a writer for that, and this becomes a fascinating exploration of motherhood, aging, and the often uncomfortable acknowledgement of desire in anyone … Continue reading Mamma – Diana Tutton (British Library Women Writers)