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I was born in Barcelona and have lived in the UK for many years now. I'm a writer, translator (English-Spanish and vice-versa) and I'm a medical doctor and worked in Forensic Psychiatry many years. I also have a BA and a PhD in American Literature and Film, and a Masters in Criminology. I've always loved books and apart from writing them I review them often. I write a bit of everything, check my books for more information and my about page for links. My blog is bilingual, English and Spanish.

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  1. Excellent! A very detailed and we’ll written review.

    1. Thanks, Annie. The perfect topic to read this month. Stay safe and have a great week.

  2. Sounds a fascinating book. I’ve read a bit about Anne Lister as there was a TV series about her.

    1. Thanks, Mary. The book mentions the series in passing, although it seems the bulk of the book had been written by then. I haven’t caught it yet (I don’t think it has reached us here), but I’ll keep my eyes open for it. She sounds like a fascinating character, and I was even more intrigued because I worked and lived in Halifax briefly, and I lived pretty nearby later on for quite a few years. Stay safe and take lots of care.

  3. This book sounds so interesting! Your review has piqued my interest.:-)

    1. Thanks, Priscilla. I’ve always been intrigued by these kinds of characters (OK, I’ve never married myself, so perhaps that explains it, although I’ve always found them interesting, even when I was quite young), and the author picks four singular women. Stay safe and have a great week.

  4. Eva Hnizdo says:

    This sounds very interesting, Olga. You knew me as Lucie before,remember? This is my real name.

    1. Hello, Eva! Nice to meet you, again! I hope everything is OK. Stay safe!

  5. This sounds like a very worthwhile read, Olga. Women lost all their property rights when they got married so I can understand why some would chose not to, the interesting thing for me is how they managed to avoid it. I didn’t think they had much say in this regard.

    1. Thanks, Robbie. The stories of these four women are quite singular. They all came from reasonably well-off families, so money wasn’t a big problem. With the first one there were talks about marriage, but it seems the families didn’t reach an agreement, and she was so set in following a religious life that they didn’t insist. The second one ended up looking after her sister’s family when she died quite young, and she remained involved in the lives of her niece and nephew when they grew older, going from one family home to another. She probably could have married later in life, but it sounds as if she quite enjoyed partaking in many other family’s. Anne Lister was a very intelligent and determined woman, and being an orphan, she spent a lot of her youth with her uncle and aunt, both also unmarried, learning about the properties, and trying to convince them to leave her their share when they died. She had a head for business, got involved in local politics (as much as was possible for a woman at the time), and shared her life with another woman, who was also a landowner in her own right. The fourth woman was an only child and lived with her widowed mother until she died. It seems she was always more interested in pursuing knowledge, charity work, and travel rather than in having a family, and she had the means to afford it. At that point in time, I guess that although uncommon, it was no longer a rarity to see women pursue other lifestyles.
      Stay safe and all the best with all your projects.

      1. As with so many things, in any era, it seems to mostly come down to finances in the end. Still, interesting and admirable.

        1. Yes, you’re right about the power of money. I kept thinking of Virginia Wolf’s “A Room of One’s Own” and how difficult it was (still is) for women of no means to develop their talents. Not that it’s easy for men, but it’s even more difficult for women.

  6. Hi Olga, Remarkably, just a few minutes ago I was having a conversation and the other person mentioned that even in 1960, her sister had been terrified of being an “old maid” at the ripe old age of 25. I even admit that I had similar concerns at that same age, decades later.
    This sounds like a very interesting and enlightening book. I like that you said “tries to make sure we get to hear their own voices, rather than just read the interpretations others might have imposed on them.”
    Have a wonderful week. Hugs on the wing!

    1. When I was very young, and we went to my Dad’s village, the first question they’d ask me was if I had a boyfriend. They didn’t ask me about my studies or anything else, only that. I’m sure I must have disappointed them all, but I’ve never been up to the task. Stay safe, my dear friend. ♥

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