Saturday, February 26, 2011
A Woman's Place: 1910-1975 and Another Giveaway!
A Woman's Place is a great quick read. If you're interested at all in the social history of women's roles in Britain, I highly recommend it. It starts with the period just before WWI, and covers women's suffrage, the war efforts, the fight for equal pay, and so much more. My American edition was a short read, just over 200 pages (though the Persephone edition is listed as 352 pages -- maybe larger margins?) Either way, it was a very absorbing read. I'm sure there are books which go into much more depth about these periods -- there's really only a chapter each about each decade, so there's a lot covered for such a short book. But it's a great overview. I learned quite a lot, much of which annoyed and infuriated me. For example,the British government refused to give nurses professional status during WWI, because it might detract from that of the men, resulting in a severe shortage of untrained nurses and hospitals after the battles at Marne, Ypres, and Neuve Chapelle, at which thousands of young men died.
Unfortunately, I'll have to limit the giveaway to the U.S. and Canada, simply because it is a Region 1 DVD (so if the winner was in Europe, it just wouldn't work -- sorry!)
If you'd like to enter the drawing, please answer the following in the comments: which is your favorite Persephone so far, and why? If you haven't read a Persephone, which one do you want to read? Please leave an email contact in the comment if you don't automatically link to your blog.
The contest is open through Midnight, Monday, February 28 (U.S. Central Standard Time). I'll select a winner at random from all eligible entries, and post the results on Tuesday! Good luck and happy reading!
I'm having such a wonderful time reading all the Persephone postings. Many thanks again to Claire and Verity for organizing this, and for all their hard work.