He turned to the left, toward the High Street and the great cleared space out of which the cellarage of the new Town Hall had already been scooped. He carried his thick gloves in his white and elegant hand, as one who did not feel the frost. She stepped after him. Their breaths whitened the keen air. She was extremely afraid, and considered herself an abject coward, but sh...more
Paperback, 327 pages
Published March 30th 1975 by Penguin Books
(first published 1911)
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A fine achievement. It is both a sequel to and a book that runs parallel with Clayhanger. If you've read the first, you know what is going to happen which is quite a new idea in construction (to me). Despite this, it constantly surprises and moves you. Its not perfect, but its very good. The problems facing an intelligent, independent woman in the 1880s and 90's are covered in many other novels. The way the subject is dealt with here is unique to my reading and the entire book is to be admired....more
Enoch Arnold Bennett (always known as Arnold Bennett) was one of the most remarkable literary figures of his time, a product of the English Potteries that he made famous as the Five Towns. Yet he could hardly wait to escape his home town, and he did so by the sheer force of his ambition to succeed as an author. In his time he turned his hand to every kind of writing, but he will be remembered for...moreMore about Arnold Bennett...