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Her Brilliant Career

ebook / ISBN-13: 9780748128716

Price: £9.99

ON SALE: 31st October 2013

Genre: Humanities / History

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In her apron and rubber gloves, a smile lipsticked permanently across her face, the woman of the Fifties has become a cultural symbol of all that we are most grateful to have sloughed off. A homely compliant creature, she knows little or nothing of sex, and stands no chance at all of having a career. She must marry or die.

But what if there was another side to the story?

In this book Rachel Cooke tells the story of ten extraordinary women whose pioneering professional lives – and complicated private lives – paved the way for future generations. Muriel Box, film director. Betty Box, film producer. Margery Fish, plantswoman. Patience Gray, cook. Alison Smithson, architect. Sheila van Damm, rally car driver and theatre owner. Nancy Spain, journalist and radio personality. Joan Werner Laurie, editor. Jacquetta Hawkes, archaeologist. Rose Heilbron, QC.

Plucky and ambitious, they left the house, discovered the bliss of work, and ushered in the era of the working woman.

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Inspirational, warm and witty
Daily Mail
Rachel Cooke shines a new light in an elegantly original way into the 1950s and especially into the role of women therein. By cleverly focusing on the lives of several extraordinary woman, she manages to produce a social history which is highly absorbing and richly informative. A very enjoyable and distinctive book
Kate Atkinson