The friendly young ladies

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Pantheon Books, Mar 12, 1985 - Fiction - 284 pages
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When seventeen-year-old Elsie runs away from home, she seeks out her older sister Leo, only to find Leo sharing a houseboat, and a bed, with the beautiful, fair-haired Helen. When Elsie decides to stay for a bit, she turns Helen and Leo's lifestyle upside down. An enchanting portrait of Bohemian life in 1930s London, this delightfully provocative romantic comedy was written in 1943 in opposition to the despair characteristic of Radclyffe Hall's The Well of Loneliness or Lillian Hellman's The Children's Hour.

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Renault wrote this as a response to Radclyffe Hall's The Well of Loneliness, as a much lighter, less doom-and-gloom story of lesbian life, set in 1930s Britain. It's definitely quirky and witty, but ... Read full review

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1930s lesbians living in a houseboat on the Thames. What's not to love? Read full review


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Renault was born in London, she attended Oxford, then trained for a nurse. After the war she settled in South Africa.