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South Riding

South Riding

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The history of Robert Carne’s wife and her internment in an asylum is very much the way the middle classes dealt with mental ill health.

I’m sure this isn’t a coincidence and among the many strands in the novel is a reworking of the Jane Eyre/Rochester relationship. The major obstacle she faced was the indomitable figure of Holtby's mother, Alice, the first woman alderman of the East Riding.Like you, I loved the characterisation – individuals you can believe and invest in, drawn in such a way to elicit the reader’s sympathies in spite of their individual flaws and failings. It is worth reading this novel to better understand the interwar years in England and the literature of the time.

Sarah Burton, the fiery young headmistress of the local girls’ school; Mrs Beddows, the district’s first alderwoman —based on Holtby’s own mother; and Robert Carne, the conservative gentleman-farmer locked in a disastrous marriage — with whom the radical Sarah Burton falls in love. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that the material is credited and referenced to JacquiWine’s Journal with appropriate and specific direction to the original content. Original quarter vellum, ruled in gilt, sea-green linen boards, green morocco title label lettered in gilt to spine. When Brittain and Catlin set up home in London after their marriage, Holtby joined them as the third member of the household. Au final, un livre riche, offrant tout le panorama d'une époque au coeur d'un village (fictif, certes) du Yorkshire.As she explains to Alderman Mrs Beddows (whose "racy tongue" was borrowed from Holtby's mother): "If the growth of civilisation means anything, it means the gradual reduction of the areas ruled by chance – Providence, if you like. Meanwhile, the spectre of war seems to be everywhere – not only the fallout following WW1 but the threat of another conflict just hovering on the horizon.



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