Singled Out: How Two Million Women Survived without Men After the First World War (Paperback)
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Singled Out: How Two Million Women Survived without Men After the First World War (Paperback)

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Published: 05/06/2008
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Virginia Nicholson's Singled Out is the touching and beautifully told story of the women who were left alone after World War I - a remarkable generation of women who were changed by war; and in their turn helped change society.

In 1919 a generation of young women discovered that there were, quite simply, not enough men to go round, and the statistics confirmed it. After the 1921 Census, the press ran alarming stories of the 'Problem of the Surplus Women - Two Million who can never become Wives...'. This book is about those women, and about how they were forced, by a tragedy of historic proportions, to stop depending on men for their income, their identity and their future happiness.

'This is a ground-breaking book, richly nuanced with titbits of information, insight and understanding' Daily Mail

'Remarkably perceptive and well-researched ... Virginia Nicholson has produced another extraordinarily interesting work, sensitive, intelligent and well-written' Sunday Telegraph

'This in an inspiring book, lovingly researched, well-written and humane... the period is beautifully caught' Economist

'Brave, humane and honest' Observer

Virginia Nicholson was born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. She has worked as a documentary researcher for BBC Television and her first book, Charleston - A Bloomsbury House and Garden (written in collaboration with her father, Quentin Bell), was an account of the Sussex home of her grandmother, the painter Vanessa Bell. Her second book, Among the Bohemians: Experiments in Living 1900-1939, was published by Penguin in 2002. She lives in Sussex.

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780141020624
Number of pages: 432
Weight: 298 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 26 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

This is a ground-breaking book, richly nuanced with titbits of information, insight and understanding - The Daily Mail

Remarkably perceptive and well-researched ... Virginia Nicholson has produced another extraordinarily interesting work, sensitive, intelligent and well-written - The Sunday Telegraph

This in an inspiring book, lovingly researched, well-written and humane... the period is beautifully caught - The Economist

Brave, humane and honest - The Observer

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“Singled Out”

It is one of the saddest truths of life that one person's worst moment will be another's moment in the sun and this was certainly accurate for the women Virginia Nicholson describes in Singled Out. While... More

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“Singled Out”

Excellent, I cried on nearly every page. Some wonderful stories of loss and courage, one near the end is positively heart-breaking. Reading this book should be compulsory for everyone. Anyone who says women's... More

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“Singled Out”

Virginia Nicholson is careful not to make this a dry academic examination of history, but rather an exploration of the emotional experience of thousands of women, told through a handful of their stories.At times this... More

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