The friendly young ladies

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Pantheon Books, 1945 - Fiction - 284 pages
22 Reviews
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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User Review  - Lucie - Goodreads

After I finished this, I had to do a little research into the author and how the book was received in order to feel like I'd really gotten it. The language is great; I was struck how how strongly I ... Read full review

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User Review  - Bert - Goodreads

I loved Leo and her corduroy slack-wearing, cigarette-smoking, western-writing tomboyishness. Loved the casually bohemian tone of it all. The ending was a bit melodramatic and a bit unsatisfying but otherwise this was delightful and written with great charm and quiet insinuation. Read full review


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About the author (1945)

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

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