Borders Oxford, 6:30 pm, Thu 12th November 2009
Bluestockings, Stranger In the House and How the World Came to Oxford
1869: women enrol at university for the first time and doctors warn that if they study too hard their wombs will wither and die. Jane Robinson, Somerville graduate, mother of two, lecturer and avid book collector, tells the inspiring story of these women pioneers and their successors. “Jane Robinson’s gem of a book” (Sunday Times). Jane is joined by Julie Summers and Nikki van der Gaag. Through interviews with wives, sisters and daughters, Julie brings to life the social consequences of WWII—after the men have returned. Nikki’s book tells of refugees settling in Oxford, past and present, and their huge contribution to our society.
All three authors are members of Writers in Oxford, Oxford’s society for professional writers.