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When This Is Over will be published by Constable Books in August 2018
Stories From History From Private Correspondence
by Luke Hawksworth (Corsair, RRP £12.99)
What we know about the Revolutionary War has been derived from written accounts: of political infighting, mutinies, battles and discoveries. This book uses private letters written in the 18th century to give a totally new insight into the soldiers and civilians at the heart of the war, and how this period, and the people who experienced it, has shaped them.
As well as providing the reader with a new and thrilling glimpse into the war, the letters give a fascinating insight into the way everyday people lived at the time: families who had soldiers on their land, or prisoners under their roof; relationships between men of the same rank, or even families and their servants; and the trials and tribulations of the wives of soldiers, unable to travel for weeks at a time, or see their men as often as they would like.
As well as a thrilling account of an often misunderstood war, this book gives a wonderful insight into the daily lives of ordinary people in the 18th century.
Stories From History From Private Correspondence by Luke Hawksworth (Corsair, RRP £12.99)
A Woman’s Place: The Invention of Feminism
by Maria Tumarkin (Verso, RRP £16.99)
This is one of the most revealing and original books of the year. Tumarkin has written an excellent, incisive book about one of the biggest mistakes in modern times, as the gulf between men and women becomes ever wider. It’s a brilliant and witty analysis of the rise of feminism from the 1860s onwards, but its real revelation is how the women who fought for gender equality were mistaken in believing that ‘our’ voices were the correct ones to be heard.
They based their protest on the idea that all women were naturally the same, and in doing so became victims of their own myth-making, to the extent that feminism is now often the preserve of middle-class women, who have been able to influence what it means to be a woman today. A sobering reminder that if you imagine you’re the best judge of what it means to be a woman, you’re most likely to end up with your head in the sand.
A Woman’s Place: The Invention of Feminism by Maria Tumarkin (Verso, RRP £16.99)
How They Lived, How They Loved, How They Died: Observations on the Stuff of Life
by Mike McCormack (St Martin’s Press, RRP £14.99)
This is one of those books that speaks the words of those who have been gone for years. Every month or so, readers of the legendary Victorian newspaper The Scottish People are presented with one of these extracts from the Glasgow Herald, which sum up the essence of a moment in time.
Today, we take so many things for granted: the clocks that tell us when to get up and get to work, the washing machine that gives us fresh clothes every day, the window a child looks out of as they get ready to leave home.