The Friendly Young Ladies: A Novel - eBook
The Friendly Young Ladies: A Novel - eBook  -     By: Mary Renault
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Title: The Friendly Young Ladies: A Novel - eBook
By: Mary Renault
Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Open Road Media
Publication Date: 2013
ISBN: 9781480439801
ISBN-13: 9781480439801
Stock No: WW49768EB

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A wry romp through 1930s mores, social and sexual

Progressive for its time as well as ours, The Friendly Young Ladies is a deftly witty comedy set in England between the wars. At eighteen, Elsie has had enough of life at her bickering parents’ Cornwall home. She decides to join up with her bohemian older sister, Leo, in the city. Leo’s life is full of surprises—not least her significant other, Helen, a beautiful nurse. As Elsie gets acquainted with Leo’s world, new characters—including a novelist and a doctor deluded enough to chase all three women at once—come into play. With acid humor and a supremely light touch, The Friendly Young Ladies colors in an unseen dimension of the 1930s.

Author Bio

Born in London as Eileen Mary Challans in 1905 and educated at the University of Oxford, Mary Renault trained as a nurse at Oxford's Radcliffe Infirmary. It was there that she met her lifelong partner, fellow nurse Julie Mullard. After completing her training, Renault wrote her first novel, Purposes of Love, in 1937. In 1948, after her novel Return to Night won an MGM prize worth $150,000, she and Mullard immigrated to South Africa. There, Renault wrote the historical novels that would define her career. In 2006, Renault was the subject of a BBC 4 documentary, and her books, many of which remain in print on both sides of the Atlantic, are often sought after for radio and dramatic interpretation. In 2010, Fire From Heaven was shortlisted for the 1970 Lost Booker prize. 

Editorial Reviews

"Undeniably charming . . . has an enormous nostalgic attractiveness." —The New Yorker

"A very lively and human story." —The New York Times Book Review

"Written with rare insight." —The Boston Globe

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