A Woman of Her Times - G. J. ScrimgeourMichael Joseph, 1982, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper slightly ruffled along the edges, faintly stained at the foot of the lower panel. Bruised at the head of the spine. Text complete, clean and tight.
From the cover: “We meet Elizabeth Wingate ensconced in the security of British colonial life in Ceylon before the First World War, and follow her journey through decades and continents to a wholly changed society at the beginning of the Second World War. No more a conventional novel than she is a conventional woman, A Woman of Her Times extends beyond one heroine’s story to portray the situation of modern woman, torn between the respectable roles of wife and mother and the need to establish her separate identity.
Elizabeth’s serene colonial existence is shattered by the discovery of her husband’s infidelity — a discovery which kindles to life the flame of dissatisfaction smouldering within her. In fashionable twenties’ London the flame becomes a blaze, but Elizabeth shows so elegant a face to the world that few suspect her troubled marriage, her estrangement from her only child — or her relationship with her devoted lover… As an impoverished working woman alone in thirties’ Hollywood, she tirelessly struggles to forge a new life, to find her own still point for the first time, but a final turn of the screw reveals that men have never ceased to manipulate her -even from beyond the grave.
As we leave her, and the sirens heralding the Second World War howl around her, Elizabeth Wingate has learned that it is her destiny — and the destiny of all women — to continue the fight, and to fight to win.”