Thursday, 15 September 2011

Help! My wish list #35

One more title from my ever-expanding reading wish list.

** The cover image is for illustrative purposes only. If you are a publisher and would kindly like to offer me a copy of this book for review, I will change the cover so as to reflect the edition received. **

We Are Michael Field
By Emma Donoghue

From the back cover: For the first time, Emma Donoghue tells the story of two eccentric Victorian spinsters; Katherine Bradley (1846-1914) and her niece Edith Cooper (1862-1913); poets and lovers, who wrote together under the name of Michael Field. They wrote eleven volumes of poetry and thirty historical tragedies, but perhaps their best work - richest in emotional honesty and wit - was the diary that the two women shared for a quarter of a century. Donoghue's groundbreaking Outline is based on these unpublished journals and letters. The Michaels lived in a contradictory world of inherited wealth and terrible illness, silly nicknames and religious crises. They preferred men to women, and yet their greatest devotion was saved for their dog, Snobbish, arrogant eccentrics who faced bereavement and death with great courage, and never lost their appetite for life or their passion for each other.

Why I want to read this book: Eccentric spinsters who loved each other and wrote together. Lives of women who came before us and need to be recognised: I couldn't ask for more!

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