In Her Brilliant Career, award-winning journalist Rachel Cooke looks at ten astonishing women of the 1950s, whose pioneering professional lives paved the way for future generations. Among a host of stellar reviews, the Telegraph described it as ‘vastly entertaining, cannily researched and sharply perceptive.’
Wondering whether she’d rather be Cathy Earnshaw or Jane Eyre prompted Samantha Ellis to write How to be a Heroine. In her engaging memoir of reading, she reconsiders her fictional heroines, assessing everyone from the Little Mermaid to Lucy Honeychurch, and Anne of Green Gables to Esther Greenwood. The Literary Review praised it as ‘an honest, warm and readable book about the plots we follow in order to make sense of our lives.’
Join us to learn about some extraordinary lives, revisit some favourite novels and find inspiration in many heroines, both real and imagined.