Reviews

  • "This is the first time [the Olivier sisters] have had a biography to themselves, and a very fine job Sarah Watling makes of it thoroughly fascinating... This book is interesting on a dozen levels."

    Lynn Barber, Daily Telegraph
  • "Four remarkable sisters born at the end of the 19th century, and I didn’t know about any of them before reading this utterly absorbing book in which their whole lives are laid before us. Their story has opened my eyes to whole new areas of early 20th-century British life."

    Ysenda Maxton Graham, *Book of the Week*, Daily Mail
  • "In this compelling biography Sarah Watling tells [the Olivier sisters’] tale for the first time. It is the story of the end of Victorianism and the birth of the modern age. It is also, grippingly, the story of the early feminist movement, and a vital contribution to the construction of an alternative women’s history… [Watling] is quite brilliant."

    Guardian
  • "A story of four girls rebelling against Edwardian stuffiness is vividly told… in this thoughtful, compassionate biography… I found much to celebrate and admire here."

    Laura Freeman, The Times
  • "If the Bloomsberries lived in squares and loved in triangles, the Olivier sisters lived in tents and loved in Venn diagrams… Sarah Watling’s riveting book… is a noble endeavour and a laudable achievement."

    Frances Wilson, Literary Review