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Prostitution in post-war London: a different kind of independence

Prostitution in post-war London: a different kind of independence

by Molly McGrann

While the battles of World War Two blazed abroad and overhead, at home, on daily trodden ground, the war effort likewise exerted itself. With their husbands away fighting, housewives were required to step out of the house and pick up where the men had left off. In addition to their domestic undertakings (not least of those, and most time-consuming, queuing for food), women worked. They manned the factories, clipped bus tickets and sat at desks, carefully filling ledgers. They earned their keep and likewise kept the family going—indeed the whole country, for without them Great Britain would have sunk.

Friday poem: 'Long Wave'

Friday poem: 'Long Wave'

by Sean O'Brien

Whether you stay or go, you hear
The water brushing at the threshold
And the long wave comes and carries you –
Home, home, as far as far,

Poet Colette Bryce wins Ewart-Biggs Prize

Poet Colette Bryce wins Ewart-Biggs Prize

Colette Bryce has been awarded a special prize in memory of Seamus Heaney as part of the the Christopher Ewart-Biggs Prize for her collection The Whole and Rain-domed-Universe.

The Singer's Gun: a cleverly layered, multi-stranded story

The Singer's Gun: a cleverly layered, multi-stranded story

In Emily St. John Mandel’s Station Eleven, a bleak post-apocalyptic world is transformed into something beautiful by following a travelling Shakespearean theatre company as they pass through ruined town to town. She explores art, celebrity, fame and leaves the reader with a nostalgia for the world we live in. Recently longlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction, Station Eleven fans include Jessie Burton, Lauren Beukes and George RR Martin. If you've already read (and loved) Station Eleven, why not check out Emily’s first three novels which are released in the UK for this very first time this month.

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