Keeping Up Appearances by Rose Macaulay and Which Way? by Theodora Benson #BritishLibraryWomenWriters

Today's post is a look at two books I've been desperately trying to get to for some time. It's been a good summer for reading and I've managed to shift clear about half of the TBR pile - and I've finally read these two crackers from the marvellous British Library Women Writers series. I've been … Continue reading Keeping Up Appearances by Rose Macaulay and Which Way? by Theodora Benson #BritishLibraryWomenWriters

Wanderers; A History of Women Walking – Kerri Andrews

This book gathers together a marvellous collection of intrepid women who walk, or walked, usually alone, and who write about the intellectual and physical freedoms afforded by getting out by themselves. Some of the feats of physical exertion are incredible - Dorothy Wordsworth walking 33 miles from Kendal to Keswick in one day, Sarah Stoddart … Continue reading Wanderers; A History of Women Walking – Kerri Andrews

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