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Linda France


The Toast of the Kit-Cat Club
: A Life of Lady Mary Wortley Montagu
By Linda France



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The Toast of the Kit-Cat Club

Linda France’s latest poetry book is an adventurous cross-genre biography, an intimate life of the 18th-century writer, traveller, polemicist and rebel, Lady Mary Wortley Montagu. Each of her eleven chapters has a prose introduction to set the scene and time, followed by a sequence of poems in which Lady Mary takes centre stage. Inviting the reader into her world, she reveals her unbridled appetite for life, love and learning, as well as her fascination for detail and the foibles of human nature from Nottingham to Constantinople.

Isobel Grundy, Lady Mary’s biographer, writes in her foreword: ‘Who would have thought you could catch a person, a lifetime, in about sixty poems… Each poem addresses a moment, offers a piercing insight, opens a window and leaves the different possibilities blowing through…I love the woman they’re written about, and I find this tribute from one writer to another both dazzling and moving.’

‘Linda France’s work provides further evidence that much of the most energetic, vital poetry today is by women’ – Christina Patterson, Independent

THIS TITLE IS OUT OF PRINT. FOR SECOND-HAND COPIES, TRY THE AMAZON LINK BELOW

£7.95  Paperback 
1 85224 677 4.  80pp. 2005. 


Title now out of print

Other books by Linda France:
Red
Sixty Women Poets
Storyville
The Gentleness of the Very Tall
The Simultaneous Dress