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Clear Stream
By Marion Shaw

The Clear Stream

The Life of Winifred Holtby

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Clear Stream by Marion Shaw

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Winifred Holtby was a prolific journalist and writer whose most famous work South Riding is on many university courses. She was an active campaigner for several progressive causes during the inter-war period such as pacifism, feminism and most important to her, racial equality and harmony in South Africa. She was the subject of Vera Britain's Testament of Friendship. She was essentially a 'woman in her time' and yet could also be seen as an index to many of the progressive movements which were around in the pre-war days and in this sense she was indeed a 'clear stream'. Written in a wonderfully accessible style interspersed with excellent research as well as warmth from one born in the same district as Winifred herself this is the definitive biography of a woman ahead of her time.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781860498107
ISBN-10: 1860498108
Format: Paperback
(196mm x 127mm x 23mm)
Pages: 352
Imprint: Virago Press Ltd
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Publish Date: 7-Sep-2000
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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South Riding by Marion Shaw South Riding, Paperback (January 1988)

A rich, panoramic portrait of a Yorkshire community in the Thirties that carries surprising and refreshing echoes of our own time.

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UK Kirkus Review » Winifred Holtby is best remembered today as the author of the novel South Riding, continuously in print since its publication in 1936. Affectionately immortalized in Vera Brittain's Testament of Friendship, her short life and work are the subjects of this innovative major study. Instead of adopting a chronological approach, Shaw opts for a thematic one, tracing the course of Holtby's very full life through the various people she knew, each of whom reflect a different aspect of her personality. Well known in her lifetime as a zealous campaigner espousing causes like feminism, pacifism and the rights of black South Africans, this warmly compassionate individual richly deserves this accomplished and absorbing biography. (Kirkus UK)

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Author Biography - Marion Shaw

Marion Shaw is head of the English department at the University of Hull and she has written many books of literary criticism on Tennyson. She lives in Kingston-on-Soar in Nottinghamshire.

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