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Begin Again by [Orange, Ursula]
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Oxford, it appeared, if it did not seem to have fitted her for any precise occupation, had at least unfitted her for a great many things.

In her charming and incisive debut novel, Ursula Orange focuses her sharp eye on four young women only recently down from Oxford.

Jane and Florence live in London, working at office jobs, the latter channelling her excess energy into a dreadfully earnest novel of her own. Sylvia remains at home, shocking her family with theories of sexual and social liberation. And Leslie, as the novel opens, idealizes the other three, as she tries to convince her mother to let her use her small nest egg to attend art school in London.

As the four friends balance their youthful ideals with the realities of work and romance in 1930s England, Orange offers hilarious and thoughtful perspectives on the quandaries of educated, ambitious women in a world not yet ready for them. This new edition includes an introduction by Stacy Marking.

“a charming and deftly written book” Sunday Times

“The fresh quality and genuine youthfulness of this story are as charming in fiction as in life.” Times Literary Supplement

“an unusually good first novel, in a decade of unusually good first novels.” Daily Telegraph

About the Author

Ursula Marguerite Dorothea Orange was born in Simla in 1909, the daughter of the Director General of Education in India, Sir Hugh Orange. But when she was four the family returned to England. She was later ‘finished’ in Paris, and then went up to Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford in 1928. It was there that she and Tim Tindall met. They won a substantial sum of money on a horse, enough to provide the couple with the financial independence to marry, which they did in 1934.

Ursula Orange’s first novel, Begin Again, was published with success in 1936, followed by To Sea in a Sieve in 1937. In 1938 her daughter, the writer Gillian Tindall, was born, and the next year the war changed their lives completely. Their London home was badly damaged and, as her husband left for the army, Ursula settled in the country with Gillian, where she had ample opportunity to observe the comic, occasionally tragic, effects of evacuation: the subject of her biggest success, Tom Tiddler’s Ground (1941). Three more novels followed, continuing to deal with the indirect effects of war: conflicts of attitude, class and the generations, wherever disparate characters are thrown together.

The end of the war saw the family reunited and in 1947 the birth of her son Nicholas. But Ursula Orange’s literary career foundered, and the years that followed saw her succumb to severe depression and periods of hospital treatment. In 1955 she died aged 46.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1565 KB
  • Print Length: 259 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1911579274
  • Publisher: Dean Street Press (March 20 2017)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B06XRT654D
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