Women Writers Revisited at the Baileys Book Bar

Last night the Women’s Prize for Fiction at the Baileys Book Bar at Waterstones Tottenham Court Road bestselling author and Women’s Prize for Fiction’s Founder Director Kate Mosse hosted a one-off live version of our new online feature Women Writers Revisited. A brilliant panel of women discussed the overlooked or ‘forgotten’ female writers who have inspired them including 2019 Women’s Prize for Fiction judge journalist and theatre critic Arifa Akbar, previous winner of the Women’s Prize Linda Grant, and the beloved novelist Joanna Trollope.

First up, Linda Grant recommended Penelope Mortimer’s The Pumpkin Eater, saying: ‘What is remarkable about this novel is that it’s a feminist novel from before the women’s movement had that name… There is absolutely nothing that is sentimental about her. She is an acid tongued, pointed woman.’

Next, Arifa Akbar discussed Kathleen Collins, and Whatever Happened to Interracial Love: ‘She’s a black American woman in the 1960s making a film, and that alone is remarkable.’

Finally Joanna Trollope talked about ‘literary lioness’ Rose Macaulay, saying: ‘She counted amongst her friends Virginia Woolf who was often unkind about her, mostly because her sales exceeded Virginia’s during their lifetimes.’

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