& another review of Her Brilliant Career, this time by Claire Harman in the Evening Standard.
By the way, I think this reviewer is a bit harsh about the level of achievement of these women. In most of these professions, there weren’t three or four more famous women than the ones Rachel Cooke discusses. As for Jacquetta, A Land was actually very well-known and successful in its day! Though the marriage to someone as famous as Priestley (whose WW2 broadcasts certainly made him a national figure) was of course significant in raising her profile during the 1950s.
Reviews of great new book featuring Jacquetta Hawkes: Her Brilliant Career, by Rachel Cooke. More to follow as I find them!
Alexandra Harris in The Guardian.
Daisy Goodwin in The Sunday Times (£)
Jacquetta Hawkes joins a cavalcade of extraordinary women from the 1950s in a new book by Observer journalist Rachel Cooke: Her Brilliant Career (Virago, 31 October 2013). Like those of rally car driver Sheila van Damm and writer Nancy Spain, Jacquetta’s professional and personal lives were far removed from those of the stereotypical Fifties homemaker.
Rachel made extensive use of the Jacquetta Hawkes Archive in her research, and we are thrilled that her book will help bring Jacquetta’s amazing story to new audiences.
Full details of the book on the Little Brown website.
Get a taste of this fascinating book via the Guardian: meet film makers Muriel and Betty Box.
Afternoon tea with Rachel Cooke, 17 October 2013 at the Manchester Literary Festival.