The 1920s to the 1960s saw a voracious female reading public, devouring the novels of Elizabeth Bowen, Winifred Holtby, Nancy Mitford, Stella Gibbons and the like. Their books were often referred to as "middlebrow" with a readership that was predominantly middle class.
Nicola Humble is the author of The Feminie and Middlebrow Novel, and Elizabeth Maslen whose book Political and Social Issues in British Women's Ficton, 1928-1968 join Jenni to look at what the best-sellers of the time tell us about women's changing lives.
Elizabeth Maslen, Political and Social Issues in British Women's Ficton, 1928-1968, St Martins Press, ISBN: 0333729536
Nicola Humble, The Feminine and Middlebrow Novel, Oxford University Press; ISBN: 0198186762
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