A Notable Woman, The Romantic Journals of Jean Lucey Pratt, edited by Simon Garfield, and The Summer Before the War, by Helen Simonson, chart shifting landscapes for women in society. Pratt’s diaries, 1925-1986, have become a word-of-mouth sensation. “Timeless, funny and utterly absorbing” (Hilary Mantel). Helen Simonson’s The Summer Before the War is set in East Sussex in 1914: the arrival of a free thinking woman and the coming of WW1 test old ways. Helen Simonson’s previous novel was Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand. Simon Garfield’s non-fiction books include Just my Type, On the Map, To the Letter and My Dear Bessie. With Nicolette Jones, critic and journalist.
Supported by Mayer Brown