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South Riding : An English Landscape - Winifred Holtby

South Riding

An English Landscape

By: Winifred Holtby, Marion Shaw (Introduction by)


Published: 7th January 1988
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Both the story of enterprising headmistress Sarah Burton and a portrait of a whole community, the lives, loves and sorrows of South Riding in Yorkshire are explored in this novel.

In this rich and memorable evocation of the fictional South Riding of Yorkshire are the lives, loves and sorrows of the central characters. There is Sarah Burton, fiery young headmistress; Robert Carne of Maythorpe Hall, a councillor tormented by his own disastrous marriage; Jo Astell, a socialist fighting poverty and his own illness; and Mrs Beddows, the first woman Alderman of the district (like Winifred's own mother). They are the people who work together in the council chambers and backrooms of local politics. Alongside them, however, are the people affected by their decisions.

Winifred Holtby was born in 1893 in the East Riding of Yorkshire. She was educated at Scarborough College, Oxford and gave up her studies to join the Women's Auxiliary Army Corps in France during the First World War. Later she became an ardent feminist and lecturer on politics and was a prolific contributor to many newspapers. Her last and best-known novel was South Riding, which was finished shortly before her early death in 1935.

Since winning the BBC Radio Drama Prize, Carole Boyd has worked extensively in radio and theatre. She played Shirley Edwards in the Radio 2 soap opera Waggoner's Walk for four years and plays Lynda Snell in The Archers. An experienced narrator and radio actress, she appears regularly on BBC Radio.

About the Author

Winifred Holtby (1898-1935), journalist, critic, feminist, pacifist and author won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize with SOUTH RIDING, her last novel.

This is a difficult novel for the American reading public - so very English is it in its political and social and economic problems. Interwoven through a really gripping story is the thread of local politics, the meetings and conflicts and achievements and defeats of the local council. This - to the American reader slows up the action by introducing so unfamiliar a note that it seems to have small place in a novel that is overlong already. The main theme is concerned with a Squire whose adored wife, daughter of a nobleman, was hopelessly insane, whose small daughter was unbalanced and highly keyed, who - himself - was caught in the downfall of the landed gentry, and the rush of modernity, Into his life comes the redheaded school mistress - and plays havoc. The chief interest of the book, however, lies in the panoramic view of the community, with individuals coming out in sharp relief, dramatic and humorous and tragic. The book has undeniable power - something of the Cronin - Bentley market possibilities, perhaps. I doubt whether it reaches a wide market over here. (Kirkus Reviews)

Prefersp. ix
Introductionp. xi
Prefatory Letter top. xi
Winifred Holtby's map of South Ridingp. xx
Prologue in a Press Galleryp. 1
Lord Sedgmire's Granddaughter Awaits an Aldermanp. 13
Kiplington Governors Appoint a New Head Mistressp. 21
Mr. Holly Blows Out a Candlep. 30
Alderman Mrs. Beddows Considers Heredityp. 38
Miss Burton Surveys a Battlefieldp. 46
Alderman Snaith Contemplates a Wildernessp. 53
Madame Hubbard Has Highly Talented Pupilsp. 62
Highways and Bridges
Councillor Carne Misses a Sub-Committeep. 79
Councillor Huggins Incurs an Obligationp. 87
Tom Sawdon Decides to Buy a Dogp. 94
Sarah Acquires an Ally, and Came an Enemyp. 103
Lydia Holly Goes Homep. 114
Two Antagonists Meetp. 121
Agriculture and Small-Holdings
The Cold Harbour Colonists State a Casep. 131
Alderman Shaith is Very Fond of Catsp. 139
Mr. Castle Counsels Cautionp. 147
Mr. Barnabas Holly Toasts Heredityp. 155
Miss Sigglesthwaite Sees the Lambs of Godp. 162
Two Antagonists Meet Againp. 167
Public Health
Mrs. Holly Fails Her familyp. 181
Teacher and Alderman Do Not Sec Eye to Eyep. 190
Councillor Huggins Secures the Floodlighting of the Hospitalp. 200
Midge Enjoys the Measlesp. 206
Lily Sawdon Propitiates a Godp. 215
The Hubbards' Only Object is Philamhiopyp. 225
Public Assistance
Nancy Mitchell Keeps Her Diffnityp. 237
Mrs. Beddows Has Three Men to Think ofp. 246
Sarah Looks Out of a Windowp. 259
Nymphs and Shepherds, Come Awayp. 269
Came Visits Two Ideal Homesp. 282
Mr. Mitichell Faces an Inquisitionp. 292
Mental Deficiency
Temporary Insanity is Acknowledged at the Nag's Headp. 307
Midge Provokes Hysteriap. 314
Mr. Huggins Tastes the Madness of Victoryp. 324
Mrs. Beddows Pays a Statutory Visitp. 333
Nat Brimsley Does Not Like Rabbit Piep. 345
Two in a Hotel are Temporarily Insanep. 355
Mrs. Beddows Receives a Christmas Presentp. 379
Mrs. Holly Brings Home a Christmas Presentp. 387
Councillor Huggins Prepares for an Electionp. 394
A Procession Passes Through Maythorpe Villagep. 403
The Head Mistress Introduces a Governorp. 411
Carne Rides Southp. 421
Housing and Town Planning
Astell and Snaith Plan a New Jerusalemp. 435
Three Revellers Have a Night Outp. 446
Councillor Huggins Vindicates Moralityp. 457
Midge Decides to Go Homep. 467
The Hollys Go Picnickingp. 479
Mrs. Beddow Sends Sarah About Her Businessp. 486
Epilogue at a Silver Jubileep. 503
Ave Atque Vale: An Epitaph by Vera Brittainp. 516
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ISBN: 9780860689690
ISBN-10: 0860689697
Series: Vmc
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 544
Published: 7th January 1988
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 12.6  x 3.4
Weight (kg): 0.41
Edition Number: 1