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'A timely, bittersweet comic novel'

Guardian

 

What do you do next, after you've changed the world?

 

It is 1928. Matilda Simpkin, rooting through a cupboard, comes across a small wooden club - an old possession of hers, unseen for more than a decade.

 

Mattie is a woman with a thrilling past and a chafingly uneventful present.

During the Women's Suffrage Campaign she was a militant. Jailed five times, she marched, sang, gave speeches, smashed windows and heckled Winston Churchill, and nothing - nothing - since then has had the same depth, the same excitement.

 

Now in middle age, she is still looking for a fresh mould into which to pour her energies.

Giving the wooden club a thoughtful twirl, she is struck by an idea - but what starts as a brilliantly idealistic plan is derailed by a connection with Mattie's militant past, one which begins to threaten every principle that she stands for.

 

Old Baggage is a funny and bittersweet portrait of a woman who has never, never given up the fight. 'Essential . . . Evans is a brilliant storyteller'

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Lissa Evans - Old Baggage

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