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Her Brilliant Career: Ten Extraordinary Women of the Fifties Hardcover – 31 Oct 2013

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  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Virago; Digital original edition (31 Oct. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844087409
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844087402
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 3.2 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 36 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 372,496 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Inspirational, warm and witty (Daily Mail)

Rachel Cooke shines a new light in an elegantly original way into the 1950s and especially into the role of women therein. By cleverly focussing on the lives of several extraordinary women, she manages to produce a social history which is highly absorbing and richly informative. A very enjoyable and distinctive book (Kate Atkinson)

There is warmth and lightness of spirit to this book: it is witty, intelligent, kind and poignant. Cooke exudes love and knowledge of people, gardens, food, art . . . she leaves you wanting more (The Times)

Vastly entertaining, cannily researched and sharply perceptive (Telegraph)

Wonderfully evocative . . . Cooke's writing sparkles; it is fresh and original and has great insight (Literary Review)

Eloquent, concise, fair-minded, witty and elegant . . . Her Brilliant Career is the perfect book with which to celebrate Virago's 40 years of championing feminist writing (Amanda Craig Independent on Sunday)

Ten fascinating biographies for the price of one, and an exuberant dig into a decade which we've rather grassed over. Her Brilliant Career is a vivid, witty, affectionate page-turner about some amazing lost heroines (Melanie Reid The Times)

Rachel Cooke's fantastic, clever, funny, illuminating book about 10 remarkable women (India Knight Sunday Times)

What a treat . . . Thank you, Rachel Cooke, for finding, and judiciously commenting on, these women insouciant of feminism and strangers to guilt (which 'had not yet been invented'); for succinct scene-setting of the 1950s with phrases like 'Cue mambo on the juke-box'; and for never once using the dread word "feisty" (The Oldie)

Cooke is one of the outstanding British journalists of her generation (Sebastian Faulks New York Times)

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Women and the Fifties: you will be amazed.` A gallery of vividly drawn portraits - witty, poignant, inspiriting - that opens up a new front in our understanding of the "lost" Fifties' - David Kynaston, author of Modernity Britain

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