Are you looking for a fascinating read? At my blog Thornfield Hall, I recommend Celia Brayfield’s Rebel Writers: The Accidental Feminists, an astute study of seven writers of the ‘50s and ‘60s, Shelagh Delaney, Edna O’Brien, Lynne Reid Banks, Nell Dunn, Charlotte Bingham, and Virginia Ironside, and Margaret Forster. In their groundbreaking early work, these women questioned assumptions about sex, class, work, female friendships, and marriage.
For light reading, try Charlotte Bingham’s charming coming-of-age novel, Coronet among the Weeds, published in 1963 when she was 20. I thoroughly enjoyed it: it’s like Nancy Mitford meets Dodie Smith and J. D. Salinger. Like Charlotte, the narrator of Coronet is the daughter of an impoverished lord and a playwright mother.
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