The current White House lets it all hang out, but in the past it was far more discreet. Amy Bloom’s intimate and informative novel, White Houses, reveals the secret, scandalous love of Eleanor Roosevelt for her longtime friend and companion, Lorena Hickok. They met when Hickok, at the time the most recognised female journalist in America, was sent to interview the wife of the Presidential candidate. Sylvia Brownrigg’s Pages for Her centres around an unexpected reunion between the two women, one now a wife and mother, who are irrepressibly drawn to each other again many years after their campus romance. “Mesmerising” (Helen Dunmore). They discuss past and present sexual mores with Diana Souhami, winner of the Whitbread Award for Biography for Selkirk’s Island who is currently writing about lesbians and Modernism.
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