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Her Brilliant Career: Ten Extraordinary Women of the Fifties - Rachel Cooke
Her Brilliant Career: Ten Extraordinary Women of the Fifties
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Women and the Fifties: you will be amazed.` A gallery of vividly drawn portraits - witty, poignant, inspiriting - that opens up a new front in our understanding of the "lost" Fifties' - David Kynaston, author of Modernity Britain In her apron and rubber gloves, a smile lipsticked permanently... show more
Women and the Fifties: you will be amazed.` A gallery of vividly drawn portraits - witty, poignant, inspiriting - that opens up a new front in our understanding of the "lost" Fifties' - David Kynaston, author of Modernity Britain
In her apron and rubber gloves, a smile lipsticked permanently across her face, the woman of the Fifties has become a cultural symbol of all that we are most grateful to have sloughed off. A homely compliant creature, she knows little or nothing of sex, and stands no chance at all of having a career. She must marry or die.

But what if there was another side to the story?

In this book Rachel Cooke tells the story of ten extraordinary women whose pioneering professional lives - and complicated private lives - paved the way for future generations. Muriel Box, film director. Betty Box, film producer. Margery Fish, plantswoman. Patience Gray, cook. Alison Smithson, architect. Sheila van Damm, rally car driver and theatre owner. Nancy Spain, journalist and radio personality. Joan Werner Laurie, editor. Jacquetta Hawkes, archaeologist. Rose Heilbron, QC.

Plucky and ambitious, they left the house, discovered the bliss of work, and ushered in the era of the working woman.

This is the Fifties, retold: vivid, surprising and, most of all, modern.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9781844087402 (1844087409)
Publisher: Virago
Pages no: 368
Edition language: English
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Murder by Death
Murder by Death rated it
4.5 Her Brilliant Career: Ten Extraordinary Women of the Fifties
Just what it says on the wrapper, this book is an encapsulated look at the lives and careers of 10 British women at their professional peak during the 50's, a decade that, in my entirely biased opinion, was the beginning of the end in so many ways. But not for women; they were just starting to gat...
Wyvernfriend Reads
Wyvernfriend Reads rated it
3.0 Her Brilliant Career: Ten Extraordinary Women of the Fifties
Interesting but a bit gossipy. I have no idea what the criteria was for choosing the 10 women, three of them were in a menaage too so it's a bit of a stretch because their lives were quite interwoven, and two others share a chapter too. Instead of it being about 10 women it's more about 7 women wh...
Reflections
Reflections rated it
4.0 Enthusiastic joint bio of unconventional women in a more conventional time
It's not really surprising that the women of the 1950's weren't all obedient housewives content to stay home while their husbands went out and conquered the world, but it is fun to read about some of the more outstanding rule flouters. The lively, enthusiastic style of writing makes this joint biogr...
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