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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. ~ Sarah Broadhurst

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Synopsis

The Woman in the Picture by Katharine McMahon

The page-turning sequel to THE CRIMSON ROOMS by the author of bestselling Richard & Judy Book Club pick, THE ROSE OF SEBASTOPOL. London, 1926. Evie Gifford, one of the first female lawyers in Britain, is not a woman who lets convention get in her way. She has left her family home following a devastating love affair, much to her mother's disapproval. London is tense in the days leading up to the General Strike and Evelyn throws herself into two very different cases - one involving a family with links to the unions and the other a rich man who claims not to be the father of his wife's child. Evie is confronting the hardest challenge of her career when she is faced with an unexpected proposal - just as her former lover returns. How can she possibly choose between security with a man she admires and passion for the man who betrayed her?

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

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

30th July 2015

Author

Katharine McMahon

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Publisher

Weidenfeld & Nicolson an imprint of Orion Publishing Co

Format

Paperback
368 pages

Categories

Historical Fiction
Crime / Mystery
Literary Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9781780228075

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