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THE MIRROR IN THE DARKNESS TRILOGY

Storm Jameson (pseudonym of Margaret Storm Jameson

  • Original Title: THE MIRROR IN THE DARKNESS TRILOGY
  • Publication date: January 1934
  • Publisher: VIRAGO
  • Country: GB
  • 346 print pages
  • Historical

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  • Epoch: Historical
  • Time Period: 20th century
  • Location setting: United Kingdom
  • Themes: FAMILY, Emancipation, PEOPLE facing life, Personal fulfilment, Life choice, SOCIETY DYSFUNCTIONS, War and other conflicts, SOCIAL CHRONICLES, Social climbing, Commitment, LOVE / HATE, Amorous urge, CHARACTERS, Strong Female Character

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Trilogy set in London, 1918-1926. A young Yorkshirewoman, Hervey Russell, arrives in London with hopes of becoming a successful writer, but is caught up in the political and social turmoil of the time.

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Translation rights sold: Italy, Interest in Germany

Margaret Storm Jameson (1891 – 1986) was an English journalist and author, known for her novels and reviews. Born in North Yorkshire to a family of shipbuilders, she was encouraged by her fiery mother to pursue an education and became a prolific writer of novels and criticism.

Summary

BOOK 1, COMPANY PARADE:
In the month after the 1918 Armistice a young woman, Hervey Russell, comes to London to seek her fortune. Inexperienced and poor, she has all the strength and stubborn will of her Yorkshire grandmother and all the dreams of youth as she plunges into the social and political ferment of London life.

BOOK 2, LOVE IN WINTER:
Six years after the Great War, a promising writer, Hervey Russell, is frustrated by her career and her marriage to an unloving man. Her desperate longing for a new beginning finds an outlet when she encounters her war-damaged cousin Nicholas, who until this meeting has thought his life was over.

BOOK 3, NONE TURN BACK:
It is 6th May, 1926, the third day of the General Strike. This is the story of that week seen through the eyes of the women and men of London as they move through that unreal city. Hervey Russell is swept up by the political ferment around her, by the difficulties of a new marriage, and by her hopes and fears for the future.

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    Margaret Storm Jameson (1891 – 1986) was an English journalist and author, known for her novels and reviews. Born in North Yorkshire to a family of shipbuilders, she was encouraged by her fiery mother to pursue an education and became a prolific writer of novels and criticism. She was president of the International PEN Association from 1939, and active in helping refugee writers.