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Noble Savages: The Olivier Sisters

Noble Savages: The Olivier Sisters (Hardback)

By Watling, Sarah

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In this intimate, sweeping biography, Sarah Watling brings the sisters in from the margins, tracing lives that span colonial Jamaica, the bucolic life of Victorian progressives, the frantic optimism of Edwardian Cambridge, the bleakness of two world wars, and a host of evolving p... read full description below.

ISBN 9781787330191
Barcode 9781787330191
Published 6 June 2019 by Vintage
Format Hardback
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ISBN-13 9781787330191
ISBN-10 1787330192
Stock Available
Status Indent title (internationally sourced), usually ships 4-6 weeks
Publisher Vintage
Imprint Jonathan Cape Ltd
Publication Date 6 June 2019
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Watling, Sarah
Category Biography & Autobiography
Biography & Autobiography: Literary
Philosophy Of Education
Civil Rights & Citizenship
Number of Pages 416
Dimensions Width: 162mm
Height: 240mm
Spine: 38mm
Weight 760g
Interest Age 16+ years
Reading Age 16+ years
Library of Congress Women - Biography - Great Britain
NBS Text Biography: Literary
ONIX Text General/trade;College/higher education;Professional and scholarly
Dewey Code 941.0820922
Catalogue Code 1015420

Description of this Book

The four Olivier sisters were emancipated, determined and wild in an age when society punished women for being so. Margery and Daphne studied at Cambridge at a time when education was still thought to be damaging to ovaries. There they met Rupert Brooke and formed the Neo Pagans, initiating a web of entanglements that would challenge even the sisters? unbreakable bond. Daphne later became a pioneering educationalist, and set up Britain?s first Steiner school, and Noel joined a tiny minority of female doctors before the First World War.Drawing on recently available personal documents and interviews with their descendants, Noble Savages brings the sisters in from the margins, tracing lives that span the colonial leisure of the Caribbean, the bucolic life of Victorian progressives, the frantic optimism of Edwardian Cambridge, the bleakness of war, their links with the Bloomsbury Group, and a host of evolving philosophies for life over the course of the twentieth century. It offers a vivid portrait of sisterhood in all its complexities, and rediscovers the Oliviers within the varied fortunes of the feminism of their times.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review Sarah Watling's expertly crafted portrait of the lives of the Olivier sisters manages to draw out of the archives not only vital threads of English cultural history but a sense of the risk of new biographical subjects being seen and heard for the first time. Watling is a highly sensitive curator and she handles her subjects with exquisite care, folding them back into the environments which made them and allowing us to visit them there. I read Noble Savages and I was reminded of the thrill of first reading the writings of ethnographer and explorer, Mary Kingsley. -- Sally Bayley Sarah Watling puts four remarkable twentieth-century lives in the spotlight with sympathy and lightly-worn scholarship. What trailblazers they were! -- Virginia Nicholson, author of Singled Out and How Was It For You?
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 3 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Sarah Watling was the 2016 winner of the Tony Lothian Prize. She holds a degree in history from the University of Cambridge and a master's degree in historical research from the University of London. Noble Savages is her first book.

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