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Bloomsbury Girls

Natalie Jenner

Warwick’s presents
Natalie Jenner
in conversation with Caroline Jane Knight

Bloomsbury Girls

Wednesday, May 18, 2022 - 4:00pm PDT

Bloomsbury Girls
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On Wednesday, May 18th at 4pm PDT Warwick's will host Natalie Jenner as she discusses her new book, Bloomsbury Girls, in conversation with Caroline Jane Knight. Natalie Jenner is the author of the instant international bestseller The Jane Austen Society. The Jane Austen Society was also a USA Today and #1 national bestseller, and has been sold for translation in twenty countries. Born in England and raised in Canada, Natalie has been a corporate lawyer, career coach and, most recently, an independent bookstore owner in Oakville, Ontario, where she lives with her family and two rescue dogs.

Bloomsbury Books is an old-fashioned new and rare book store that has persisted and resisted change for a hundred years, run by men and guided by the general manager's unbreakable fifty-one rules. But in 1950, the world is changing, especially the world of books and publishing, and at Bloomsbury Books, the girls in the shop have plans:

Vivien Lowry: Single since her aristocratic fiance was killed in action during World War II, the brilliant and stylish Vivien has a long list of grievances - most of them well justified and the biggest of which is Alec McDonough, the Head of Fiction.
Grace Perkins: Married with two sons, she's been working to support the family following her husband's breakdown in the aftermath of the war. Torn between duty to her family and dreams of her own.

Evie Stone: In the first class of female students from Cambridge permitted to earn a degree, Evie was denied an academic position in favor of her less accomplished male rival. Now she's working at Bloomsbury Books while she plans to remake her own future.

As they interact with various literary figures of the time - Daphne Du Maurier, Ellen Doubleday, Sonia Blair (widow of George Orwell), Samuel Beckett, Peggy Guggenheim, and others - these three women with their complex web of relationships, goals and dreams are all working to plot out a future that is richer and more rewarding than anything society will allow.

Caroline Jane Knight shares more than Jane Austen’s name and DNA. Caroline is the last of Jane's nieces to grow up at Chawton House, in the South of England on the family’s ancestral estate where her fifth great aunt lived, wrote and published her most famous works. After a highly successful career in business, Caroline founded the Jane Austen Literacy Foundation in 2014, a not-for-profit organisation run entirely by volunteers, supporting literacy in developing communities.  Caroline published her memoir Jane & Me: My Austen Heritage in 2017 to share her extraordinary story, and speaks at Jane Austen, literacy and business events around the world. Caroline now lives in Melbourne with her husband and in between running her business and the Foundation, can often be found in her art studio. 

Bloomsbury Girls: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250276698
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: St. Martin's Press - May 17th, 2022