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Jessica Mann: 'The Fifties Mystique'. -
Trevelyan House, 16, Chapel Street, Penzance, TR18 4AW
Date: Friday 27th July 2012
Jessica Mann is the author of 20 crime novels and three non-fiction books, and a freelance journalist, whose features, weekly columns, numerous travel articles and book reviews have appeared in most national newspapers, weeklies and glossy magazines.
She is the crime fiction reviewer of The Literary Review . She has held a series of public appointments as chairwoman or member of numerous quangos and is also a broadcaster, having appeared on such programs as Question Time, Any Questions, Round Britain Quiz and many others.
She divides her time between Cornwall, where she lives with her husband, the archaeologist Prof Charles Thomas, and London. She has two sons, two daughters, and 11 grandchildren. For more information, see www.jessicamann.net
Jessica's talk will be based on her latest book, 'The Fifties Mystique'.
The Fifties Mystique By Jessica Mann, Quartet Books
£12.00 ISBN 978 0 7043 7255 9
Many young women ‘long to put the clock back to the post-war years when life seemed prettier and nicer’.
In this book Jessica Mann demolishes such preconceptions about their mothers’ or grandmothers’ young days, showing that in reality life was uglier and nastier. Born just before WW2, she grew up in the post-war era of austerity, restrictions and hypocrisy, before anyone even dreamed of Women’s Lib.
The Fifties Mystique is both a personal memoir and a polemic. In explaining the lives of pre-feminists to the post-feminists of today, Jessica Mann discusses the period’s very different attitudes to sex, childbirth, motherhood and work, describes how she and other young women lived in that distant world with its forgotten restrictions and warns against taking hard-won rights for granted.
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