Young Janet Harding is still grieving when she accepts a proposal from Reverend Rutherston, the kindly vicar who befriended her during her mother's last illness. Her ambitions to further the suffragette cause are hampered, though, by her early pregnancy with a son, Denis, and life in the spa town of Sterndale is increasingly stifling...Stephen Allendeyne, heir to Dene Hall, prides himself on his marriage to Jessie Penryder, an impoverished governess with little respect for his smug family but plenty of social ambition. At odds in all else, the couple are united in their scorn for daughter Ruth's preference for work, ideas and freedom over marriage...In the aftermath of WWI, Ruth and Denis meet each other through work in Eastern Europe. The scars of their pasts and of the war itself are diminished in a determination to forge a new kind of marriage.
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(198mm x 126mm x 41mm)
Virago Press Ltd
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
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I am afraid she shot her bolt in her autobiography, Testament of Youth. With different approach, different focus, she seems to have rehashed much of the material from her own story to make this rather awkward, self-conscious novel, of a girl who loved a young American who was true to the girl back home - in intention - and who dies in the war. The story is built on foundations of successive human relations:- an impossible elergyman and his wife, who turns militant suffragette; their son who eventually marries the girl; a successful woman playwright who must be all or nothing to her friends. (Kirkus Reviews)
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Author Biography - Vera Brittain
Vera Brittain (1893-1970) went up to Oxford but in 1914 left to enlist as a VAD nurse. After the war she returned to Oxford and met Winifred Holtby. She was a tireless supporter of pacifism and feminism, a prolific speaker, lecturer, journalist and writer. She wrote twenty-nine books.