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The Woman in the Picture by Katharine McMahon
  

The Woman in the Picture

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Evelyn Gifford, our first-person narrator, is a lawyer in the 1920s. She is on the rebound from a relationship with a young barrister and accepts a proposal from her employer, Daniel. In the midst of this comes the General Strike and the description of coping with life in London during the strike is vivid. Evelyn is befriending a sad family where two of the kids are in trouble with the law and the mother charged for murdering her husband. Evelyn gets her ex-boyfriend to help the woman in the trial. This book has got lots of plot, lots of emotion and lots of action.

If you like Katharine McMahon you might also like to read books by Kate Mosse, Sarah Waters and Tracy Chevalier.

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The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. Set around the General Strike in London in 1926, this courtroom drama features Evelyn Gifford, a female solicitor – one of few women in the legal profession at that time. As political events and tensions dominate the news, the threat of the strike escalates and its possible consequences presage dark days ahead. Evelyn has been instructed in a simple case of theft, but she comes to know the family of the accused – and their involvement in the strike – all too well, and when it’s an altogether more serious crime for which Evelyn has to represent them, the implications for her personal safety are great. Concurrently, she is advising a wealthy socialite whose husband claims he is not the father of her child and seeks a divorce; while worlds apart, the cases have a surprising common denominator. Encompassing romance, family secrets, legal drama and real-life events, this novel offers a rich read.
~ Karen Howlett

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Synopsis

The Woman in the Picture by Katharine McMahon

February, 1926. The city of London is tense in the days leading up to The General Strike. Evelyn Gifford, (protagonist of THE CRIMSON ROOMS) has now qualified as a solicitor - and is one of the first women to do so - but her life remains full of conflict. Embroiled in two new cases, Evelyn finds herself encountering both sides of the strike. A young maid is accused of a stealing a letter and as Evelyn becomes involved with her family, she finds a brother deeply involved in the unions and a father whose temper threatens to destroy everything. Her other case could not be more different - an aristocrat whose husband, a factory owner and money man, claims not to be the father of her child. When Evelyn's beloved grandmother dies, her aunt takes off on a tour of India and Meredith journeys to the south of France, leaving Evelyn very much alone. But not for long - an unexpected proposal coincides with the return of a former love and Evelyn must ask herself what matters most - security or passion. She also discovers a secret hidden in her mother's past - a mystery that throws a very different light on the cases she is investigating.

Reviews

The author of The Crimson Rooms returns with this sequel, a Mitford-style 1920s thriller. RED MAGAZINE No matter the era, professional women always struggle to balance that old chestnut - love versus a career. If you think you've got it bad now, just imagine living in the 1920s and being one of the first women to qualify as a solicitor... GRAZIA I'm hooked by Evelyn and those around her and I love the sense of the period. Katharine McMahon is a great storyteller. NIAMH CUSACK You'll immediately fall for Evelyn, the lead girl in The Woman in the Picture... COMPANY MAGAZINE Evelyn is a brave, intelligent character, especially given the sexism of the times, and you will find yourself rooting for her and the people she defends. WOMAN MAGAZINE This novel's skilfully crafted atmosphere draws the reader in from the first page, and the protagonist's compassion for the people she defends is impressive. The cases she becomes embroiled in are interesting, but the love story is the most gripping part. McMahon is a talented writer whose twists will keep you turning pages. It can be easy to forget that not so long ago, women were still fighting to be taken granted in the workplace 0 this book reminds us it was not in vain. THE LADY The roaring 20s are brought fizzingly to life in Katharine McMahon's The Woman in the Picture. This elegant story about a feisty young woman torn between head and heart is absorbing and atmospheric. GOODHOUSEKEEPING This great, heart-stopping page-turned is the sequel to the wonderful The Crimson Rooms. ...private and professional struggles play themselves out against the canvas of a wider social conflict, the 1926 General Strike; and the novel fairly steams with boiled-wool period atmosphere. McMahon is the mistress of telling contrasts, and of charged, passionate and beautifully crafted prose. -- Wendy Holden DAILY MAIL McMahon juggles her many plotlines with such skill...A richly entertaining yarn. READERS DIGEST You'll immediately fall for Evelyn, the lead girl in The Woman in the Picture... COMPANY MAGAZINE Evelyn is a brave, intelligent character, especially given the sexism of the times, and you will find yourself rooting for her and the people she defends. WOMAN MAGAZINE This novel's skilfully crafted atmosphere draws the reader in from the first page, and the protagonist's compassion for the people she defends is impressive. The cases she becomes embroiled in are interesting, but the love story is the most gripping part. McMahon is a talented writer whose twists will keep you turning pages. It can be easy to forget that not so long ago, women were still fighting to be taken granted in the workplace 0 this book reminds us it was not in vain. THE LADY The roaring 20s are brought fizzingly to life in Katharine McMahon's The Woman in the Picture. This elegant story about a feisty young woman torn between head and heart is absorbing and atmospheric. GOOD HOUSEKEEPING McMahon juggles her many plotlines with such skill...A richly entertaining yarn. READERS DIGEST


About the Author

Katharine McMahon

Katharine McMahon was our Guest Editor in April 2010 - click here - to see the books that inspired her writing.

Katharine McMahon is the author of seven historical novels including The Alchemist’s Daughter, a Waterstone’s Paperback of the Year in 2006, the bestselling Rose of Sebastopol, a Richard & Judy Book Club selection in 2008, and The Crimson Rooms. She has taught in secondary schools, performed in local theatre and worked as a Royal Literary Fund fellow teaching writing skills at the Universities of Hertfordshire and Warwick. She lives in Hertfordshire. She relies on research to uncover connections and revelations in history which will plant the seeds for a novel - and is currently engaged, with some trepidation, in a book set during The French Revolution.

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Publication date

3rd July 2014

Author

Katharine McMahon

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Publisher

Weidenfeld & Nicolson an imprint of Orion Publishing Co

Format

Hardback
368 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780297866039

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