As we mark one hundred years since women were given the ability to vote, this novel seems particularly pertinent.
When Mattie Simpkin is mugged she inadvertently finds herself in a spot of bother.
Known to the police through her involvement of the women’s suffrage campaign, they are quick to come knocking on her door after an accidental incident leaves a young woman injured at Mattie’s hands.
Mattie is quick to explain that she was actually being mugged and threw something in order to try and stop the culprit. Her throw just slightly off. The police are disbelieving, wondering why she hadn’t reported the crime to them.
Mattie is quick to point out that her relationship with them in the past hasn’t exactly been the best.
No matter, to cut a long story short, Mattie is given a new purpose in life when she tracks down the poor unfortunate girl whom she injured on that fateful day.
Ida Pearse is quickly taken under her and her house mate Florrie Lee’s (also known as the Flea) wing.
This is a beautifully written novel that touches upon sexuality, political reform and the difficulties of young women growing up in the late 1929s. Yet another brilliant novel from Lissa Evans.
Old Baggage is available now via Amazon online and all good book shops.
Thank You to the publishers who approved my request via netgalley in exchange for an honest review.