The Pretty Lady – Edited by John Shapcott
There is no finer novel of civilian life during The Great War than Arnold Bennett’s The Pretty Lady. Written during the conflict itself, it has the narrative thrust of great storytelling together with the sensationalism of popular journalism.
The book became a bestseller in 1918, despite calls for it to be banned for undermining public morality with its daring portrayal of a French prostitute operating at the heart of the establishment. More disturbing to the modern reader than the sexual revelations are Bennett’s accounts of bombing raids over London and the threats of mutilation faced by female munitions workers in Glasgow.
Churnet Valley Books 01538399033
ISBN 9781904546818. £9.95
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