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The Woman Novelist and Other Stories

3.82  ·  Rating Details  ·  33 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
There are 15 stories in this collection, all extremely varied but all sharing a sharp, sardonic quality characteristic of Diana Gardner’s work. Several of the stories in 'The Woman Novelist' are about women behaving badly, and many of them are uncomfortable reading.
Paperback, Persephone Book #64, 148 pages
Published 2006 by Persephone (first published 1946)
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Feb 14, 2016 Ali rated it it was amazing
Diana Gardner was a writer and artist who knew Virginia and Leonard Woolf; they were neighbours during the war. Whether Virginia Woolf ever actually read Diana’s work seems to be unknown – though she is reported to have scribbled a congratulatory note on the side of the Horizon pre-publication leaflet, which announced Diana Gardner’s story ‘The Land Girl’ would be included in the Christmas 1940 edition. The Land Girl is for me one of the best stories in this really quite superb collection. Gardn ...more
I really do love Persphone Press. They are doing such a good thing. This book though, is probably not one of their best, at least for me. It's an anthology of short stories by Diana Gardner and most of them are quite sad or bitter. A few are kinda amusing and left me smirking to myself, which probably looked strange. But for the most part, I think it's safe to call this book melancholic. Which even though I love that kind of thing normally, this was like melancholy but with the taste of bitterne ...more
Mar 19, 2016 Elspeth rated it really liked it
As with most Persephone Books these are bitter sweet tales of women making the best of their lot. I truly love the publications that Persephone Books choose to print and this one was a gentle introduction to an author that I hadn't read before.
Sally Tarbox
Very, very enjoyable, June 14, 2014

This review is from: The Woman Novelist and Other Stories (Paperback)
Fifteen short stories from the 1940s, all of which I really enjoyed. The faithless mother abandoning her children...the title story of a strong woman, keeping her family going through her craft....There are a couple that keep you on tenterhooks, expecting a dreadful conclusion...And a couple of extremely funny ones, notably 'The Splash', where a young storm-trooper meets up with the author at
Cynthia Haggard
Mar 11, 2013 Cynthia Haggard rated it really liked it
Like GOODBYE MRS CRAVEN, Mollie Panter-Downes account of wartime Great Britain via short stories, Diana Gardner’s THE WOMAN NOVELIST AND OTHER STORIES, is also set in 1940s England.

But there the similarity ends, because Ms. Gardner’s stories have a very different quality from Ms Panter-Downes. Whereas the stories in GOODBYE MRS CRAVEN could best be described as a series of well-observed vignettes, the stories in THE WOMAN NOVELIST have more plot, and therefore more character development. THE LAN
Jul 13, 2014 Toast rated it really liked it
What a brilliant collection of short stories. I had heard that DG gives Chekhov a run for his money in the short story department but boy she is good! Not quite the master but I bet she had him worried.
A superb grouping of bitter-sweet gems, funny characters and period detail, all in a few pages -Genius!
Jan 20, 2013 Cathy rated it it was amazing
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A delightful collection of superb short stories. I enjoyed each story, though a few stood out as quietly remarkable, eg: 'The Woman Novelist' and 'Land Girl'. For me a short story must be concise, like a shining, sea-smoothed shell - timeless, patterned with beautiful observation, delicate, direct and memorable. Short stories really are so much about the craft of writing as something quite magical and to write a few good stories in a lifetime is something to be admired.

I'll certainly look out fo
Jun 09, 2011 Rosemary rated it it was amazing
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A lovely Persephone book with some perfect gold nuggets of stories from 1930s and 1940s England, very descriptive with a strong sense of place and character. Often, not much happens. If you like that kind of story, you will love these.
May 11, 2015 Meg rated it really liked it
The short stories that make up this collection are individual gems. Each one kept me interested in the characters/situation till the end and to be honest, some of them have stuck around even after that.
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