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Description - Good Wives by Margaret Forster

In 1848 Mary Moffatt became the devoted wife of the missionary and explorer David Livingstone in Africa and it eventually killed her. A hundred and twelve years later, in 1960, Margaret Forster married her high school sweetheart Hunter Davies in a London Register Office and forty years later they are still married. Between those two marriages and their experience is a huge gulf during which time women's lives changed immeasurably, and the notion of marriage evolved through the other two marriages here under the spotlight, that of the unconventional Fanny Stevenson (wife of Robert Louis Stevenson0 in the late 19th century and across continents, and of our own charismatic 20th century Jennie Lee (wife of Aneurin Bevan) a politician in her own right. But curiously some aspects and attitudes remained fixed and immutable and found an echo in Forster's own life. Have these fixed points finally shifted now, with a coming of the 21st century? What was and is now a good wife? Why do many women still get married? Why do others not? Why do couples still marry in church in an age of unbelief? Taking up where HIDDEN LIVES left off, these are some of the questions of her own mother and gr

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780099283775
ISBN-10: 0099283778
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 129mm x 23mm)
Pages: 368
Imprint: Vintage
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 3-Oct-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Margaret Forster

Margaret Forster was born in Carlisle in 1938. she is the author of the bestselling memoirs Hidden Lives and Precious Lives, acclaimed biographies of Daphne du Maurier and Elizabeth Barrett Browning, and of many successful novels, most recently The Memory Box.

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