The British Library Women Writers Blog Tour took place between May and June 2021 to celebrate two new titles published into the series – Tension by E.M. Delafield and Mamma by Diana Tutton.
The blogs amass a series of book reviews for each title posted across Twitter (see #farmorethanfiction), Instagram, Wordpress and YouTube, with some additional content from series consultant Simon Thomas and series editor Alison Moss.
The Women Writers series from British Library Publishing brings back and contextualises works by female writers who were successful in their day. These authors have been selected, not just for the strength of their writing and the power of their storytelling, but for highlighting the realities of life for women and society’s changing attitudes toward female behaviour through the decades.
Each title includes a new preface, an author biography, a chronology of the significant events during the decade of the novel’s setting or publication and an afterword discussing the key issues in the story.
‘The strength of is in its exploration of the different ways in which events and relationships can be viewed depending on whose side of the story you are hearing.’
- Ninja Book Box
‘Yes, the tension did make me squirm but, quite frankly, I found very little amusing in this novel. It was all rather sad and mostly with one exception, full of sad little people. I think it is masterly.’
- Random Jottings
‘Tension is also a damning indictment on how women were perceived and treated in the early part of the 20th Century, and also perhaps how the treatment of Miss Marchrose is still echoed in some respects today.’
- From First Page to Last
‘Tutton’s clever examination of this dynamic, often focusing as it does on the house all three share at one point, subtly checks and challenges glib ideas about women and desire.’
- Books and Winegums
‘Diana Tutton’s work has been ignored for too long; “Mamma” is a wonderful and fascinating read and a worthy addition to the Women Writers series; and kudos to British Library Publishing for bringing it back into print!’
- Kaggsy's Bookish Ramblings
‘This book, for me, felt like it took me back in time. It took me back to the 1950s, really experiencing what a woman’s life of a certain social status was like.’
- Lil's Vintage World