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Old Baggage
Old Baggage | Lissa Evans
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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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Itchyfeetreader
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So to be clear nothing really happens in this book however for me it‘s a pick. The language is reminiscent of my much loved girls school stories and the characters are a delight. There is an underlying message here about social change not being ‘done‘ after one big win ether for society or the people who enable the change. I will be seeking out more of Lisa Evans books.

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Aimeesue
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batsy Ha, this is a perfect description! 2mo
Tanisha_A Hahahah 2mo
BiblioLitten 😁 2mo
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Aimeesue
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There's a touch of Wodehouse in Evans' character descriptions.

LeahBergen That‘s great! 😄 2mo
readordierachel Oh, I love this! 2mo
batsy Oh, this is another perfect one! 2mo
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Aimeesue
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A rainy night, a book, and a London Fog. My idea of perfect. I used to drink them back in the day, but I'd forgotten how much I like them until my daughter announced her discovery of a London Fog in a tea shop a few months ago. London Fog = Earl Grey tea + vanilla + a splash of milk. I use vanilla syrup because I take sugar anyway, but Harney & Sons makes a Victorian London Fog tea, if adding sugar ain't your thing.

Melissa_J Love London Fog! I‘ve also had apple cinnamon fog (with caramel syrup) and it‘s delicious too 😋 2mo
Hoopiefoot I ❤️ London fogs. Enjoy! 2mo
Tamra Oh, that sounds delicious! 2mo
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Aimeesue @Tamra SO delicious. I'm not a huge fan of Earl Grey on it's own, but the vanilla works some sort of tea magic with bergamot. Strange, huh? 2mo
Aimeesue @Melissa_J Oooh, I'll have to try with apple cinnamon and caramel. Maybe in the fall, though. 😄 2mo
Aimeesue @Hoopiefoot Thanks! I DID. And I'm going to enjoy another one today! 2mo
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Aimeesue
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Ha!

jillrhudy Descriptions of this nature are so very Us, aren‘t they? 2mo
Aimeesue @jillrhudy They are, darling, they are. Redolent of Plum, yes? 2mo
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Aimeesue
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I ordered this one after reading Crooked Heart, which was great. This takes place before CH and gives Mattie a starring role, much deserved. I‘ve had the same conversations with modern women who are complacent about their rights and say they “don‘t need feminism.” Frankly, that amazes me.

DGRachel Love that cover! 2mo
Aimeesue @DGRachel Isn‘t it just gorgeous? ❤️ 2mo
Melissa_J That cover is fabulous! 2mo
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Izai.Amorim People take their rights for granted and forget that every single one of them was won after a long and literally bloody fight. Many people have died so that we can have these rights now. They were not given us by the powers that be. They were taken. 2mo
Tanisha_A @Izai.Amorim Amen. 2mo
Aimeesue @Izai.Amorim @Tanisha_A EXACTLY. And they don't realize how quickly we can lose those rights in the event of "a National Emergency" or though attrition via carefully enacted, innocuous- seeming laws. This administration is just killing me inside. 2mo
Izai.Amorim @Aimeesue @Tanisha_A This administration is killing everyone inside, even people who live very far away from the US. It will end someday but the damage it's done is here to stay. Especially in the environment... 2mo
Suet624 Women are losing ground so quickly it‘s stunning. 2mo
Aimeesue @Izai.Amorim Indeed. The amount of nonsense we Americans@believe is insane, and a lot of it's because we haven't had to deal with the fallout. Apparently it's now an Amer. characteristic - take undue advantage of your privilege and screw everybody else (women's rights, environment, vaccination, health care. List is endless. Makes me so angry. 2mo
Aimeesue @Suet624 And a lot of them couldn't care less. Thanks, privilege! 2mo
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CouronneDhiver
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Mehso-so

A light read with quirky characters and a peppy tone but a little lacking in plot.

⭐️⭐️⭐️

Thank you for sending the beautiful blue hardcover edition @TrishB 😘😘 I‘ll let you know when your Canadian care package is on its way.

TrishB No worries 😘 I liked the characters so much I didn‘t mind the almost no plot! 3mo
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Laru79
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Oh I loved this!! Maggie was a really great character and I would‘ve loved to be in the Amazons!! The Flea was the perfect foil for her too, and Ida, what a strong young woman. I felt a bit sad when Ida cane back at the end with the little boy but got over it quickly when it clearly gave Mattie hope for the future. Funny, feisty and sweet, what a lovely book!

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CouronneDhiver
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The line that inspires the title ... 👌🏽

Smrloomis That bookmark is so cute! 😍 3mo
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CouronneDhiver
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Mattie ❤️👌🏽

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CouronneDhiver
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Dinner and a book 👩🏽‍🍳🍲

I‘m conducting an experiment, to see if I get more reading done using the “bookish monogamy” approach.

Are you a one-at-a-time reader? Or do you prefer to have multiple stories on the go?

Tadams4 Multiple! 3mo
BiblioLitten Used to be One at a time(I get more reading done) but lately one physical and one digital. It‘s more convenience than comfort. 👶🏻🙂 3mo
megnews For years I was one book at a time. A few years back I started reading more non fiction than I had before and was doing 1 fiction, 1 non @ a time. Then I started reading 3-5 @ a time and now I‘ve spiraled out of control to 12-20. I get so excited when I see a book and get it from the library so I start too many but I‘m fairly good about going back and forth. I don‘t love my new reading style but I don‘t hate it either. 3mo
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BiblioLitten What is for dinner? 👀 3mo
CouronneDhiver Rice bowl with black beans, sautéed veggies, queso and guacamole. ?? So good! @BiblioLitten 3mo
Amiable I used to be a monogamous reader—never started another until I‘d finished the one I was reading. But it was difficult to get through some books. I‘d like them while I was reading but wouldn‘t be in a hurry to pick them up again. Which led to reading droughts. When I began reading multiple books at a time, I started reading more often. And I finish more books now. Because there‘s always something I want to read when I feel like reading it. 3mo
Reviewsbylola I‘m monogamous as far as type of book. Typically I have one physical book, one ebook, and one audiobook going at once. 3mo
Lindy I usually have at least three on the go, but in different genres and formats. Currently: one audiobook, one novel, one short story collection. 3mo
rubyslippersreads I‘m a #BookFloozy. 😂 I always have several going at once (different genres). 3mo
BookNAround My bedside table is like the blinking Chicken Ranch! 3mo
rretzler One physical book (usually ebook) and one audiobook always. Usually another physical book that I may be having a difficult time getting through so I‘m reading it slowly and sometimes a book or two that I‘m reading with one or both of my sons. 3mo
CouronneDhiver 🤣🤣 I‘m a Book Floozy too! I just feel bad that it takes me weeks or months to finish anything. Wonder how long this‘ll last? Lol @Tadams4 @megnews @Amiable @rubyslippersreads @BookNAround 3mo
CouronneDhiver I suspect that the “one of each” is going to be the perfect balance... we‘ll see! @BiblioLitten @Reviewsbylola @Lindy @rretzler 3mo
Suet624 Monogamous, although I will sometimes listen to an audio book as a second read. I don‘t know how people read more than one book at a time. Breaking up the action and flow of a story seems disruptive to me. 3mo
SW-T Used to be one at a time, but now I have multiples in different genres going. I actually get more read and appreciate each one more now. 3mo
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Laru79
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‘What utter spinach‘ .... ‘what an essentially meaningless succession of sentences!‘ I think I want to talk like this all the time!!

charl08 I loved this book so much! 3mo
Laru79 @charl08 I‘m loving it so far!! 3mo
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CouronneDhiver
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Philosophical banter between friends ... fun characters so far! ❤️

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HardcoverHearts
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I‘m so excited for these books to arrive from Book Depository! They were both on the Women‘s Prize long list & I was intrigued by these specifically. Bottled Goods is set in Communist Romania, blending magical realism and political turmoil. Old Baggage is the story of a woman who was a suffragette who finds herself in Middle Age, unsatisfied with her normal existence. Now I just need to win the lottery so I can quit my job and read all day!

LeahBergen I‘ve been eyeing Old Baggage 👍🏻 3mo
HardcoverHearts @LeahBergen - once I heard the premise, I couldn‘t resist. I think I will try to get to it fairly quickly. 3mo
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Laru79
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Started on this last night after a friend recommended it. I already love Mattie and The Flea. I think this‘ll be a good giggle!

CouronneDhiver Me too! I‘m only about 70 pages in but it‘s really good so far 3mo
Laru79 Yay!! @CouronneDhiver I got distracted by chat about fantasy holiday destinations but will catch up later!! 3mo
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CouronneDhiver
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Party is on at my place... 😉 What are you up to tonight?

BiblioLitten Ooo Alabama! For the upcoming trip? 😃 I‘m partying with Josie Silver. 💃🏻 3mo
CouronneDhiver Aw, that‘s a fun girly book. I liked it a lot! @BiblioLitten ❤️ 3mo
KathyWheeler Where are you going in Mobile? 3mo
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CouronneDhiver Not a clue! The only item on the “must see” list so far is the USS Alabama (because I‘m a huge geek about ships) 😂 @KathyWheeler Any recommendations? 3mo
KathyWheeler @CouronneDhiver The Mardi Gras museum is pretty cool. Mobile was actually the first place to have Mardi Gras and the Krewe traditions here are pretty strong. Also, not in Mobile, but across the bay, there‘s Fairhope, which is a nice little artsy town. It‘s about 20 minutes from here. I haven‘t been to it yet, but downtown, there‘s a place called Gulfquest which is all about shipping here. (edited) 3mo
CouronneDhiver Sounds good to me! We‘re road tripping all the way from Canada so it‘s not a big deal to travel a few hours away for a cool attraction @KathyWheeler 3mo
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Eyejaybee
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I have now finished this delightful book - one of the finest I have read so far this year. Funny, sad and informative, with a cast of beautifully crafted characters. See my Goodreads review at: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2752173555. #book #lissaevans #oldbaggage #books #bookstagram #booksbooksbooks #bookishlife #booknerd #bookphotography #bookworm #bookcommunity #newbooks #booklove #fiction #suffragettes #womenssuffrage #votesforwomen

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JoB1
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I was charmed by this book. In places it was so funny that I was laughing out loud, yet in others really poignant. What do you do with your life when the battle is won - or most people think it is won? I found the characters appealing and believable, albeit that Mattie's opponent is a plot device, not fully formed. I also wondered if the book appeals to those of a certain age - not sure my daughter would enjoy it in the same way that I did.

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Eyejaybee
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What a splendid novel! Great characters, a marvellous story and beautiful prose. I am facing that crushing dilemma that attends great books: I am eager to finish it to see how the story is resolved, but am also enjoying it so much that I don‘t want it to end. #lissaevans #oldbaggage #guardianbooks #book #books #bookstagram #bookish #booksbooksbooks #booknerd #bookworm #bookcommunity #bookphotography #tetherdown #dauntbooks #currentlyreading

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jfount
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I loved this book; I was glued to the last 50 pages, and it might be the best thing I‘ve read so far this year. There is a very slight element of Interwar Britain Bingo but only slight. On the whole it was so well executed, a really lovely story about a range of women and relationships.

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jfount
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Two things I discovered about this book while looking for the acknowledgements: (1) this is not the first book about this character, which I never would have guessed. The opening pages are exquisite and have none of the tells of a series. (2) this author wrote the book “Their Finest Hour” was based on (it was based on a book apparently). So many unknown unknowns!

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Magslhalliday
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What did suffragettes do after 1918? This is a great, light novel. Whilst the two women who received the vote in 1918 are fighting each other through youth groups (one fascistic, one libertarian), the working class woman who supported them - and didn‘t get the vote - continues to work to make life better for other women. A subtle exploration of the different ways women can change things for others.

TrishB I enjoyed this one too 👍🏻 5mo
Magslhalliday @TrishB I like how it‘s a romp on the surface level so it‘s an easy read but the undercurrents are quietly political. 5mo
charl08 I love this author: reliably makes me laugh. 5mo
TrishB Yes, very subtle and thoughtful. 5mo
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shawnmooney
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I enjoyed the lively writing, and the light weave of feminist history. Otherwise, a humongous disappointment: what could have been a profound exploration of personal and political reinvention in the lives of aging suffragettes devolved into a silly, bloated story with all the nuance of a TV movie for children, crowded with underdeveloped characters and stripped of any power by the inanest of moral lapses at the center of its ridiculous plot.

CouronneDhiver I fell in love with the cover, after seeing it on your channel. I hope I like it better than you did. Lol 🤞🏽 5mo
TrishB I really liked this one 👍🏻 and hopefully @CouronneDhiver will too! 5mo
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CouronneDhiver
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Just heard about this one on a @shawnmooney BookTube video ...

It doesn‘t get published in Canada until April and our paperback is nowhere near as pretty as that blue hardcover. 😩

#NewRelease #CoverEnvy #FirstWorldProblems

AnnaTalyn That is a pretty cover! Maybe grey market shop it? 5mo
TrishB This is a good read 👍🏻 I can send you a blue one if you want? 5mo
CouronneDhiver REALLY?! 😮 Yes, please! @TrishB 5mo
TrishB It‘s on the way! I just had to go to the shop for a couple of things for you and your hubby! On past experience post to Canada takes 3-4 weeks 👍🏻 (edited) 5mo
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TrishB
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Just lovely and wonderful. Mattie is an awesome MC.
I loved the suffragette backdrop and the general comments - you‘ve won the vote isn‘t it time to stop now. If only.....
A feel good book with lots of hidden little messages.

Caroline2 Sounds brilliant! 👍🏻 11mo
TrishB @Caroline2 I really enjoyed it 😁 11mo
Caroline2 Stacked!!! 😆 11mo
LeahBergen Nice work matching the bookmark! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 11mo
TrishB @LeahBergen 😁😁 so happy when someone notices! 11mo
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TrishB
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I am so loving Mattie in this book, so far she‘s an awesome MC 👍🏻

readordierachel Love that! This sounds excellent. 11mo
Caroline2 Great quote...stacked!! 👍🏻 11mo
Cathythoughts Great quote ... so true 11mo
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TrishB
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#howdouwantit - exactly like this 😁
Late brunch with daughter as we‘re off to see Mamma Mia 2
#heatofjuly

Cinfhen Perfect! I‘m sitting inside Barnes & Noble with my daughter having coffee and checking out cookbooks 😍 11mo
youneverarrived Looks lovely! Me and my Mam went to see it yesterday, both thought it was brill 😁 such a feel good film ❤️ 11mo
TNbookworm My daughter and I saw it Friday and LOVED it❤❤ 11mo
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BarbaraBB Perfect! I can totally understand that‘s how u want it 💕 11mo
TrishB @Cinfhen obviously mother/daughter day ❤️ 11mo
TrishB @youneverarrived @TNbookworm it was great fun ❤️ kids (aged 22 and 17!) have been playing ABBA non stop now for about a week! 11mo
Cathythoughts Lovely start to a lovely day 😉 11mo
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charl08
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I'm on a reading roll. This was brilliant. Hoping they make this into a film too...

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Verity
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Oh my god. This is so good. What happens when you win the fight? When you‘ve won the battle for the thing you believe in, what do you do next? And how does life work out. Meet Mattie, the ex-suffragette struggling with being middle aged and wondering if her best years were actually the ones where she was getting arrested and imprisoned. In Old Baggage she tries to change the world again on a smaller scale but with huge ramifications for her.

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Verity
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Current train book is the new Lissa Evans. I loved her last book, Crooked Heart, which I‘ve described as Good Night Mr Tom but if William was raised by an old lady and Mr Tom was a slightly crooked lady in her 40s! Old Baggage is about Mattie - who we met in Crooked Heart - an ex-suffragette trying to work out what to do with herself in the late 1920s. So far it‘s fabulous.

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