Modern Women: breaking the mould


Modern Women: breaking the mould is a series of four novels set in the past about women who confounded the restrictions the society of the day imposed on them. Set in the Roaring Twenties and Edwardian Britain (in that order), each book features a different female protagonist: from straitlaced Claudia, who discovers there is more to life than lying back and thinking of England, to Violet, the vicar’s daughter who eschews the confines of married life to forge a career working backstage in a theatre. The author has had the nerve to include a number of real-life characters in her books, including Noel Coward, Mrs Patrick Campbell, the great actor-manager Herbert Beerbohm Tree and the pioneering suffragist, Mrs Millicent Fawcett. My heroines are linked to one another socially and the series can be read in order, but each book is a separate standalone. Light-hearted in tone but often serious in content, the books are very firmly rooted in the days of women’s fight for the right to vote, to the short-skirts and corset-free times of the Roaring Twenties.

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