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“In unearthing these pieces of the recent past … and editing them with such care and affection, the historian Jenna Bailey has done us all a service that goes beyond a contribution to women’s history.”

Bel Mooney, The Times

“In unearthing these pieces of the recent past … and editing them with such care and affection, the historian Jenna Bailey has done us all a service that goes beyond a contribution to women’s history.”

Bel Mooney, The Times

In 1935, a letter appeared in Nursery World magazine, beginning Can Any Mother Help Me? The young mother who wrote the letter bravely shared her frustration and loneliness, and her feelings about motherhood struck a chord with women all over Britain. Some of the women who replied to the letter began corresponding, and out of this a secret magazine was born – the Cooperative Correspondence Club.

With startling honesty, the women wrote about every aspect of their lives – the pain and elation of childbirth, the challenges of marriage, broken hearts and fading dreams. None of them could have anticipated the friendships that would grow; nor that the magazine would last their lifetimes. This is their story.

 

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Jenna Bailey’s Latest Publication

A modern classic, A Grief Observed by C.S. Lewis has offered solace and insight to countless readers worldwide. This new edition contains the original text alongside specially commissioned responses to the book and its themes from respected contemporary writers and thinkers including Jenna Bailey, Hilary Mantel, Jessica Martin, Rowan Williams, Kate Saunders, Francis Spufford and Maureen Freely.