The Home Front: Keep Calm and Carry On

Up_Housewives_and_at_em_Artist_Yates-WilsonThe Home Front was a course which ran from October to December of this year as part of the Continuing Education programme at the University of Liverpool.  Its subject matter was writing by British women on World Wars I and II.  Vera Brittain’s memoir, Testament of Youth, was our essential starting point ; further overtly autobiographical writing was considered in Nella Last’s WW2 mass observation diary.  We read 5 novels – ranging from Virginia Woolf’s Mrs Dalloway (1925) to Sarah Waters’ The Night Watch (2006) by way of Winifred Holtby, Elizabeth Taylor and Andrea Levy.   Although there were many points of comparison between texts, each writer told her story in a distinctive voice and with a particular focus.

The Home Front 2 will run from January 2013.  It is not necessary to have followed the 2012 course to join in.  Texts to be studied in 2013 include: Elizabeth Taylor’s A Wreath of Roses; Mary Wesley’s The Camomile Lawn; Kate Atkinson’s Behind the Scenes at the Museum; and Pat Barker’s Toby’s Room.  There is great variety and subtlety here.

The Home Front, running January- March 2013. Enroll at the University of Liverpool, Continuing Education by the 14th of January).

For further information contact shirley-jones[AT]


About Chris Routledge

I'm a university teacher, writer and editor, based in Lancashire in the UK. My most recent book is 'Cain's: The Story of Liverpool in a Pint', a 200-year history of Liverpool's famous Robert Cain brewery.
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