'A fascinating picture of what it meant to be a woman - and a mother - throughout the 20th century.'
-- Easy Living
'A marvellous book about women's lives in the 20th century ... By the end, they feel like friends.' -- Financial Times
'A unique record of female friendship during the last century ... They write in intimate detail, often as events unfold ... Engrossing.' -- Guardian
'A valuable record of the necessity of friendship and the difficultly, elation and boredom of motherhood.'
-- Daily Telegraph
'Beautifully written and emotionally engaging. Bailey's selection
and organisation of the material is very good indeed.'
'Gruelling childbirth anecdotes jostle for space with war stories and tales of unrequited love for the GP ... Fascinating.' -- Evening Standard
'Jenna Bailey has skilfully compiled and edited some of what survives from the magazines ... compelling.' -- London Review of Books
'The women's letters (honest, articulate, humorous and moving) reflect their distinct backgrounds, families and politics, and their shared resilience and humour.' -- Sunday Times
`Fantastically absorbing, frequently funny ... gives us a
remarkable opportunity to indulge in that most human of pleasures,
eavesdropping.' -- Observer
`The standard of writing is amazing. Historian Jenna Bailey has
done us all a service that goes beyond a contribution to women's history.'
Can Any Mother Help Me? by Jenna Bailey is an extraordinary true story of motherhood, friendship and a secret magazine, which is both compelling and thought-provoking.
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