• My Life, Our Times is recommended by..
    The Guardian - 2 years ago
    "This book, like its author, is best in the Treasury. This book, like its author, goes all wrong whenever it gets on to the subject of leadership, the raging battlefield between him and Blair, which so disfigured their time in power..."

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  • Lost Girls: The Invention of the Flapper is recommended by..
    Lorna Scott Fox (THE TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT) - 2 years ago
    "Rich in surprise connections and creepy quotes, Lost Girls illuminates a modernist aspiration to blur gender and age that was simultaneously abetted and repressed by a deeply confused society."

    Gretchen Lida (Essayist and Equestrian) - 2 years ago
    "if you have a pal who just binge-watched “Downton Abbey” for the 40th time, this book will provide the perfect primer on why the Crawley sisters always seem so darned frustrated."

    Liz French (Library Journal) - 3 years ago
    "Simon presents many intriguing minibios, parses the word flapper, discusses the suffragist movement in America and England, dissects theatrical and film influences on young women, and synopsizes several popular novels of the time. There’s a lot of information here, but it doesn’t connect effectively."

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  • Bluebird, Bluebird (Highway 59) is recommended by..
    The Guardian - 2 years ago
    "Locke has a vivid sense of characterisation, using everything from dialect to the fabric of one’s clothes to make subtle class distinctions and depict mental states. For the black men of Texas, “a pair of baggy pants or a shirttail hanging out was ‘walking probable cause’”."

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  • Mrs Osmond is recommended by..
    The Guardian - 2 years ago
    "The actual descriptions of places are rather vague, but the metaphors are devoted to extremely vivid, even over-the-top, language. For instance, Isabel Archer wanders into the “unwonted solitude” of a hotel lobby – a general, rather abstract wording...."

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  • The Book of Forgotten Authors is recommended by..
    The Guardian - 2 years ago
    "The Book of Forgotten Authors is a bibliophile’s treat written with verve, diligence and the author’s evident passion. It’s an anthology for browsing that will have readers scurrying into secondhand bookshops in search of yellowing, dog-eared paperbacks..."

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