Mutual Admiration Society: How Dorothy L. Sayers and Her Oxford Circle Remade the World For Women (Paperback)
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Mutual Admiration Society: How Dorothy L. Sayers and Her Oxford Circle Remade the World For Women (Paperback)

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Paperback 384 Pages / Published: 07/05/2020
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'An enjoyable anthem to friendship' Hephzibah Anderson, Observer

'Hugely enjoyable . . . Modern-day readers can thank the ambitious, complicated, funny, brave women of the Mutual Admiration Society' Anna Carey, Sunday Business Post

'A tribute to that precious but still unsung thing: the loving bond between female friends, based on intellectual exchange and deep affection' Charlotte Higgins, Guardian

Winner of the Agatha Award for best nonfiction 2020


Dorothy L. Sayers is now famous for her Lord Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane detective series, but she was equally well known during her life for an essay asking 'Are Women Human?' Women's rights were expanding rapidly during Sayers's lifetime; she and her friends were some of the first women to receive degrees from Oxford. Yet, as historian Mo Moulton reveals, it was clear from the many professional and personal obstacles they faced that society was not ready to concede that women were indeed fully human.

Dubbing themselves the Mutual Admiration Society, Sayers and her classmates remained lifelong friends and collaborators as they fought for a truly democratic culture that acknowledged their equal humanity. A celebration of feminism and female friendship, Mutual Admiration Society offers crucial insight into Dorothy L. Sayers and her world.

Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
ISBN: 9781472154453
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 300 g
Dimensions: 196 x 126 x 28 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
An enjoyable anthem to friendship -- Hephzibah Anderson * Observer *
It is a tribute to that precious but still unsung thing: the loving bond between female friends, based on intellectual exchange and deep affection -- Charlotte Higgins * Guardian *
Hugely enjoyable . . . Modern-day readers can thank the ambitious, complicated, funny, brave women of the Mutual Admiration Society -- Anna Carey * Sunday Business Post *
Rich and careful . . . [Mutual Admiration Society] excavates the social and emotional context of the lives of four indomitable women with painstaking affection; it is as valuable as it is enjoyable -- Sophie Read * TES *
Well-written and fascinating, it's equally successful as a biography and social history -- Jake Kerridge * Sunday Express *
Written with humour and insight, this is the fascinating group biography of Dorothy Sayers and five friends who formed a writing group at Somerville College Oxford in 1912 . . . This fine celebration of female friendship and early feminism reflects how far we have travelled since the post-Edwardian era * The Lady *
A blend of group biography and social history, Mutual Admiration Society tells a quintessentially English story -- Francis Wilson * The Times *
Mo Moulton shows [Dorothy L.] Sayers setting out in Gaudy Night, her most psychologically astute and least conventional novel, to present her own philosophy of women's intrinsic intellectual equality . . . Moulton's book sheds new light on Sayers's evolution as a writer, showing how some of her best work occurred in collaboration with her friend Muriel St. Clare Byrne * The New Yorker *
This lively, rigorous, and surprising history of Dorothy L. Sayers and her circle is a clear-eyed, optimistic look at a particularly critical stage in the evolution of feminism * Kristen Roupenian, author of Cat Person And Other Stories *

Deeply researched, beautifully written

-- Nicole Chung, author of All You Can Ever Know

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