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Author: Lissa Evans
Genre/category: General fiction
Where can I buy it? Pre-order here
Release date: 14th June 2018
Old Baggage ticks a lot of boxes for me:
- Feisty, interesting main character
- Set in the 1920s/1930s
- About the suffragettes
I mean, what more could I ask for?
Let’s start with Mattie, the main character. She is intelligent, well-read, and a die-hard suffragette. In the opening of the book, she is walking across the heath near her home, when she is mugged. In response, she lobs a whisky bottle, and misses. Instead, she smacks a young girl square in the face.
This triggers a chain of events that eventually leads to Mattie starting a club – the Amazons – taking on a group of girls and bringing them into the outdoors, teaching them about life, politics, history, and nature.
Mattie goes on quite the journey as a character as the Amazons become a bigger part of her life. Meanwhile, her long-suffering partner in crime Florrie (otherwise known as ‘The Flea’) has to deal with her own personal turmoil that threatens to upset the status quo.
I liked this book a lot. I liked the characters, I loved the setting and the time period, and I liked the personal journeys that both Mattie and The Flea go on as the book progresses. The only thing that goes against it, in my opinion, is the ending – it felt rushed, and kind of a bolt out of the blue, and I would have liked to know what happened afterwards.