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Before the war

Weldon, F (2016) Before the war. Head of Zeus, London. ISBN 9781784082062

Abstract

Consider Vivien in November 1922. She is twenty-four, and a spinster. She wears fashionably droopy clothes, but she is plain and - almost worse in those times - intelligent. At nearly six foot tall, she is known unkindly by her family as ‘the giantess'. Fortunately, Vivien is rich, so she can travel to London and bribe a charismatic gentleman publisher to marry her. What he does not know is that Vivien is pregnant with another's child, and will die in childbirth in just a few months... Fay Weldon, with one eye on the present and one on the past, offers Vivien's fate to the reader, along with that of London between the wars. This is a city fizzing with change, full of flat-chested flappers, shell-shocked soldiers and aristocrats clinging onto the past.

Item Type: Book
Divisions: College of Liberal Arts
Date Deposited: 28 Apr 2016 15:45
Last Modified: 29 Apr 2016 13:27
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