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Perfectly timed for the centenary of the women's vote in 2018, OLD BAGGAGE takes a unique approach to the suffragette story. Mattie was once a militant campaigner but now in middle age, she finds herself a purposeful woman without a purpose.

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Shortlisted for the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Literature 2019

'A timely, bittersweet comic novel' Guardian
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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.
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'Essential . . . Evans is a brilliant storyteller' Stylist

Reviews

Wise and witty

Sarah Hughes, Observer

I loved Old Baggage. Such original characters, and so timely. And it made me weep at the end.

JoJo Moyes

Utterly wonderful and intelligent

India Knight, Sunday Times Magazine

A timely, bittersweet comic novel

Guardian

Old Baggage gives an inspiring model of womanhood. Moving, warm and wry. It is wonderful!

Marian Keyes

This beautifully written story teems with atmosphere and perfect period detail but it’s the brave and brilliant Mattie that makes it unforgettable

Sunday Mirror

Essential . . . Evans is a brilliant storyteller

Stylist

Lissa Evans’s gift for comedy edged with satire and pathos is God-given . . . Mattie’s search for meaning and purpose, which hints at the darker undercurrents of people marginalised by their sex and era, will strike a chord with most.

Elizabeth Buchan, Daily Mail

A thoughtful, funny, companionable novel, offering an invigoratingly fresh vantage on a well-trodden period

Patricia Nicol, Sunday Times

Lissa Evans writes with beguiling wit and vigour. I found myself utterly involved with her heroines, and the history is spot-on.

Jane Robinson, author of HEARTS AND MINDS

A perfectly pitched, captivating read

Mail on Sunday

Joyously funny, much poignancy and social commentary. old Baggage is a gloriously entertaining, deeply moving novel.

S Magazine

“wonderfully rich tale about a clever, lovably nonconformist heroine”

Culture, The Sunday Times

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  • Paperback

    9781784161217

    January 15, 2019

    Black Swan

    336 pages

    RRP $19.99

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  • Hardback

    9780857523624

    June 15, 2018

    Doubleday

    320 pages

    RRP $32.99

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  • Audio Download

    9781473572010

    April 4, 2019

    Transworld Digital

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  • EBook

    9781473527119

    June 14, 2018

    Transworld Digital

    336 pages

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