Yesterday's Guardian had an article about books to pass on to the next generation and asked writers and readers to name the classics they most treasure. Jenni Murray chose a Virago Modern Classic, The Women's Room by Marilyn French. Here is what she had to say about it.
'The Women's Room isn't a literary masterpiece to compare with something like The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing, which was really the first time women's experience was talked about, but it summons the atmosphere of a revolutionary period in gender politics. My copy, read in my twenties in one sitting, is full of underlinings and exclamation marks. The part that always stands out for me is where the characters are sitting around talking about independence, the importance of female friends, going to university, and one of them says, isn't it irritating when discussions about feminism end up with who does the dishes? I am certain that's as relevant now as it was in the 1970s.'
I have a variation on this theme. What Virago Modern Classic would you take if you were cast away on a desert island?
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