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Description - Honourable Estate by Vera Brittain

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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Book Details

ISBN: 9781860497827
ISBN-10: 1860497829
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 126mm x mm)
Pages: 608
Imprint: Virago Press Ltd
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Publish Date: 1-Jul-2000
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Vera Brittain

Vera Brittain (1893-1970) won an exhibition to Somerville College, Oxford, but in 1914 abandonded her studies to enlist as a VAD nurse. After serving abroad during the war she returned to Oxford where she met Winifred Holtby. Brittain was a tireless supporter of pacifism and feminism, a prolific speaker, lecturer, journalist and writer. She wrote twenty-nine books in all.

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