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Book Title: South Riding|
The author of the book: Winifred Holtby
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 998 KB
Edition: Albion Press
Date of issue: October 15th 2015
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Read full description of the books South Riding:Sarah Burton has worked hard to make something of herself and when she returns to her hometown she is interviewed for the position of headmistress, accepting the job with high hopes for transforming the school.
However morale is low and the country is in a depression after the First World War.
School shows are put on and the girls are encouraged but everyone is concerned about exactly how to help the pupils make something of their lives.
Class codes are strongly regarded and Sarah, having overcome her own modest beginnings, is disgusted by the power held by highly regarded sporting farmer Robert Carne of Maythorpe Hall.
Yet privately Carne is deeply troubled and Sarah is curious about this man despite her initial reservations.
Carne’s daughter Midge undoubtedly receives special treatment and Sarah, in a rage, does something awful. One of Sarah’s favourites, however, is Lydia Holly. She is from a rough and deprived part of Yorkshire with a terribly ill mother but is also incredibly gifted.
In ‘South Riding’ we see human ills which affect all walks of life as a tightly knit community works towards resolution.
‘South Riding’ is the classic novel of Yorkshire life by the author immortalised in testament of friendship, Winifred Holtby.
This novel is an unforgettable saga; a rich English landscape set in a rural Yorkshire country between the wars.
Holtby tells the moving story of its people – young and old, rich and poor – their fears, their hopes and their passions alongside a satirical and politically charged portrayal of local government. Discussions of health, education and mental illness are documented and vividly brought to life through Holtby’s characters.
‘Amazingly rich and complex … we meet every kind of human being. Courage and vitality blow like a high wind through her story.’ L.P. HARTLEY, OBSERVER
‘Sarah Burton is an excellently drawn portrait - vivid, human, and without a false or inconsistent line. It is rare to find a novel with so much richness.’ GUARDIAN
Winifred Holtby (1898-1935) was an English novelist and journalist.
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Read information about the authorWinifred Holtby was a committed socialist and feminist who wrote the classic South Riding as a warm yet sharp social critique of the well-to-do farming community she was born into.
She was a good friend of Vera Brittain, possibly portraying her as Delia in The Crowded Street.
She died at the age of 37.
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