As featured on BBC Radio 4 Good Reads
Shortlisted for the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Literature 2019
What do you do next, after you've changed the world?
It is 1928. Matilda Simpkin, rooting through a cupboard, comes across a small wooden club - an old possession of hers, unseen for more than a decade.
Mattie is a woman with a thrilling past and a chafingly uneventful present. During the Women's Suffrage Campaign she was a militant. Jailed five times, she marched, sang, gave speeches, smashed windows and heckled Winston Churchill, and nothing - nothing - since then has had the same depth, the same excitement.
Now in middle age, she is still looking for a fresh mould into which to pour her energies. Giving the wooden club a thoughtful twirl, she is struck by an idea - but what starts as a brilliantly idealistic plan is derailed by a connection with Mattie's militant past, one which begins to threaten every principle that she stands for.
Old Baggage is a funny and bittersweet portrait of a woman who has never, never given up the fight.
'A timely, bittersweet comic novel' Guardian
'Essential . . . Evans is a brilliant storyteller' Stylist
Lissa Evans' third novel in the series, V For Victory, is out now.
Wise and witty
Utterly wonderful and intelligent
A timely, bittersweet comic novel
Sharply comic and emotionally poignant, V For Victory takes us to late 1944. Hitler’s rockets are slamming down on London with vicious regularity and it’s the coldest winter in living memory. Allied victory is on its way, but it’s bloody well dragging its feet. Read on for an extract.