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Bloomsbury Girls

By: Natalie Jenner
Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
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Publisher's Summary

One bookshop. Fifty-one rules. Three women who break them all.

1950. Bloomsbury Books on London’s Lamb’s Conduit Street has resisted change for 100 years, run by men and guided by the manager's unbreakable rules. But after the turmoil of war in Europe, the world is changing, and the women in the shop have plans.

The brilliant and stylish Vivien Lowry, still grieving her fiancé who was killed in action, has a long list of grievances, the biggest of which is Alec McDonough, the head of fiction.

Loyal Grace Perkins is torn between duty and dreams of her own while struggling to support her family following her husband's breakdown.

Fiercely bright Evie Stone was one of the first female Cambridge students to earn a degree but was denied an academic position in favour of a less accomplished male rival. Now she plans to remake her own future.

As these Bloomsbury girls interact with literary figures of the time among them Daphne du Maurier, Samuel Beckett, Peggy Guggenheim, Vivien, Grace and Evie plot out a richer and more rewarding future.

©2022 Natalie Jenner (P)2022 Allison & Busby Ltd

Critic Reviews

"A timely and beautiful ode to ambition, friendship, bookshops and the written word." (Janet Skeslien Charles, author of The Paris Library)

"Fans of 84 Charing Cross Road will be delighted." (Clare Chambers, author of Small Pleasures)

"A book lover's dream." (Sarah Penner, author of The Lost Apothecary)

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  • 07-29-22

So delighted to have discovered this wonderful book

Extremely well written, a great story line with a gentle unraveling of great characters all very different from each other and with their own stories of past unhappiness and tragedy. Remarkable women making their mark in a male dominated post war Britain, not using aggression but natural talent, imagination and tenacity. Beautifully narrated as always, by Juliet Stevenson.

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  • 05-31-22

.Loved it

Natalie Jenner must done such a large amount of research into this period in London.
I lived through the same period and I was amazed how, as a Canadian,
she immersed herself in the life of women in England in the 1950s.

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  • 05-26-22

Not even Juliet Stevenson could help this book

Bloomsbury Girls was a waste of a purchase. I persisted almost to the end but to others considering this book, don't waste your time and money. Where to start? Well, firstly, the plot is thin and uninspired and the characters are one-dimensional. The storyline is entirely predictable from the start. I was really irritated by the superficial and clumsy portrayal of the budding feminism in the early 1950s, and a clear lack of understanding about how POC experienced racism in Britain at the time.
But most annoying were the Americanisms used in a book set in post-war London. For example, subway instead of the underground/Tube; Fahrenheit instead of Celsius; metres instead of feet; fall instead of autumn and so on. Also there were historical inaccuracies that proved that the writer knew little about post-war Britain and did even less research. Such sloppy editing by the publisher (Macmillan) is so disappointing. The production was also flawed. Of course Juliet Stevenson is always wonderful but she was directed to portray characters in a way that was simply inaccurate. For example, newspapermen were not the accented tabloid cockneys portrayed in this reading - in the 1950s the media adhered to the approach of the famous BBC clipped pronunciation that was supposed to suggest a good education and upper middle class status.
The idea of the book was interesting but the execution was sloppy and problematic. And not even the amazing talents of Ms Stevenson could compensate.

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