Happy Friday everybody! It has been a hot minute since I posted… but I have something really exciting to share today to mark a return to blogging more regularly (I have a host of mini-posts ready to share with you all!).
Last year, I had the pleasure of receiving an advanced review copy of Natalie Jenner‘s debut novel, The Jane Austen Society. (You can read my review here!) One of my favourite characters in the book was Evie Stone, who ends up having to give up schooling to earn money as a housemaid at Chawton House, where she secretly catalogues all of the wonderful collection of books in the library. And Jenner is giving Evie another star turn, in her new novel, Bloomsbury Girls.
And on my blog today, I am able to reveal the cover to you, for Jenner’s second novel, which will be published on May 17th 2022 by St Martin’s Press!
But first… (building the anticipation here!) let me tell you a little about Bloomsbury Girls:
“One bookshop. Fifty-one rules. Three women who break them all.”
Jenner’s new novel is set in London in 1950, centred upon a bookshop, and three women looking to find themselves in a post-war world. The bookshop in question, Bloomsbury Books, has resisted change whilst selling new and rare books for over a hundred years: change is hard when it has been held to account by the general manager’s fifty-one rules.
In a changing world, we meet (and reconvene!) with three women who work inside the shop:
Vivien Lowry: Single since her aristocratic fiancé 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.
Bloomsbury Girls follows these three characters as they intersect with the brightest of contemporary literary figures (Peggy Guggenheim, Daphne Du Maurier and Ellen Doubleday, to name but a few), whilst working out their relationships, goals and dreams, achieving more than they ever thought society would let them.
“As with The Jane Austen Society, Bloomsbury Girls features multiple characters and storylines revolving around one very charming location: this time, the quintessential Dickensian-type bookshop.”Natalie Jenner
I am already so excited! I loved The Jane Austen Society and its ensemble characters (and I promise I’m not just saying that because I was gifted a copy, it was a complete joy to read and write about), so will be counting down until May 2022!
Now, without further ado – I’ve definitely kept you waiting long enough – here is the grand cover reveal… (drumroll please!)
SO SO EXCITING! Now, for you to keep an eye on the book until it comes out, you can follow it here, and also pre-order a copy.