Old Baggage

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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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As featured on BBC Radio 4 Good Reads

‘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

Additional information

ISBN

9781784161217

Author

Evans, Lissa

Publisher

Black Swan

Binding

Paperback

1 review for Old Baggage

  1. Leah BH

    I loved this, easily one of my favourite books. Sometimes a character comes to life so vividly that they stay with you long after finishing. Mattie was this character for me. She’s loud, chaotic and a force of nature but she’s not without her faults. I would’ve followed her story anywhere, it just so happens that suffragettes are my thing. I keep recommending this book to everyone it’s so rich, funny and life affirming.

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