Join us

Facebook
Twitter
Instagram
Newsletter

Jane Gardam

The Flight of the Maidens

Cover: The Flight of the Maidens - Jane Gardam

Jane Gardam

The Flight of the Maidens

2017, pp. 336, Paperback
ISBN: 9781609454050
Region: Britain
Available as ebook Available as ebook Available as ebook
$ 17.00
Sample chapter Sample chapter Sample chapter

The book

Jane Gardam, author of the Old Filth Trilogy, delivers another modern classic in The Flight of the Maidens. With her characteristic wit, Gardam captures a moment in time for three young women on the cusp of adulthood. With keen perception the novel charts the course of this trio as they boldly face their uncertain futures.

It is Yorkshire, 1946. The end of the war has changed the world again, and emboldened by this new dawning Hetty Fallows, Una Vane, and Lisolette Klein seize the opportunities with enthusiasm. Hetty, desperate to escape the grasp of her critical mother, books a solo holiday to the Lake District under the pretext of completing her Oxford summer coursework. Una, the daughter of a disconcertingly cheery hairdresser, entertains a romantically inclined young man from the wrong side of the tracks and the left-side of politics. Meanwhile, Lisolette Klein, the mysterious Jewish refugee from Germany, leaves the Quaker family who had rescued her, to test herself in London. Although strikingly different from one another, these young women share the common goal of adventure and release from their middle class surroundings through romance and education.

Gardam demonstrates her talent for creating fully realized characters in these venturesome, intelligent young women whose stories are told with delight and understanding. This reissue of The Flight of the Maidens will appeal to a wide range of adult and young adult readers.

The author

Jane Gardam
Jane Gardam has been twice awarded the Whitbread Prize and was also a Booker prize finalist. She is winner of the David Higham Prize, the Royal Society for Literature’s Winifred Holtby Prize, the Katherine Mansfield Prize, and the Silver Pen Award from PEN. Her novels include God on the Rocks, shortlisted for the Booker Prize; Old Filth, finalist for the Orange Prize; The Man in the Wooden Hat, finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize; and Last Friends, finalist for the Folio Award. She lives in the south of England near the sea. In 1999 Jane Gardam was awarded the Heywood Hill Literary Prize in recognition of a distinguished literary career.

Press

From the same country

  • Cover: An Atlas of Extinct Countries - Gideon Defoe

    Gideon Defoe

    An Atlas of Extinct Countries

    2021, pp. 304, $ 26.00
    Prisoners of Geography meets Bill Bryson: a funny, fascinating, beautifully illustrated – and timely – history of countries that, for...
  • Cover: Bobby March Will Live Forever - Alan Parks

    Alan Parks

    Bobby March Will Live Forever

    2021, pp. 320, $ 17.00
    The third dark and gripping Harry McCoy thriller from the most exciting new voice in Scottish noir. July 1973. The Glasgow drug trade is...
  • Cover: A Station on the Path to Somewhere Better - Benjamin Wood

    Benjamin Wood

    A Station on the Path to Somewhere Better

    2021, pp. 368, $ 18.00
    Shortlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger Award and the European Union Prize for Literature 2019. “His mistakes are my inheritance. The rotten...
  • Cover: Cathedral - Ben Hopkins

    Ben Hopkins

    Cathedral

    2021, pp. 624, $ 28.00
    Ambitious, immersive, a remarkable feat of imagination, Cathedral tells a sweeping story about obsession, mysticism, art, and earthly desire.
  • Cover: The River Within - Karen Powell

    Karen Powell

    The River Within

    2020, pp. 272, $ 24.00
    It is the summer of 1955. Alexander, Tom and his sister Lennie, discover the body of their childhood friend Danny Masters in the river that runs through...
  • Cover: The Intrusions - Stav Sherez

    Stav Sherez

    The Intrusions

    2020, pp. 272, $ 18.00
    Detectives Carrigan and Miller are drawn into a terrifying new world of cyberstalking – where the threat of online intimidation, hacking, and control...

More suggestions

  • Cover: Brotherhood - Mohamed Mbougar Sarr

    Mohamed Mbougar Sarr

    Brotherhood

    2021, pp. 208, $ 17.00
    WINNER of the French Voices Grand Prize, Prix Ahmadou Kourouma, and Grand Prix du Roman Métis Mohamed Mbougar Sarr’s searing and thought-provoking...
  • Cover: The Memory of Babel  Book Three of the Mirror Visitor Quartet - Christelle Dabos

    Christelle Dabos

    The Memory of Babel
    Book Three of the Mirror Visitor Quartet

    2021, pp. 456, $ 11.95
    In this gripping third volume of the Christelle Dabos’s best-selling saga, Ophelia, the mirror-traveling heroine, finds herself in the magical city...
  • Cover: Fresh Water for Flowers - Valérie Perrin

    Valérie Perrin

    Fresh Water for Flowers

    2021, pp. 400, $ 16.95
    A POIGNANT RUNAWAY BESTSELLER full of French charm and memorable characters, Fresh Water for Flowers is Valérie Perrin’s English debut.
  • Cover: Heaven - Mieko Kawakami

    Mieko Kawakami

    Heaven

    2021, pp. 192, $ 23.00
    Hailed as a bold foray into new literary territory, Kawakami’s novel is told in the voice of a 14-year-old student who subjected to relentless torment...
  • Cover: Friends & Dark Shapes - Kavita Bedford

    Kavita Bedford

    Friends & Dark Shapes

    2021, pp. 192, $ 17.00
    Grief is universal and eternal, yet how we deal with it—or how it deals with us—depends on who is grieving, when, and with whom. Losing...
  • Cover: Nives - Sacha Naspini

    Sacha Naspini

    Nives

    2021, pp. 208, $ 17.00
    One of the most exciting new voices in Italian literature brings to life a hauntingly beautiful story of undying love, loss, and resilience, and...

Join Our Newsletter and receive a FREE eBook!

Stay updated on Europa’s forthcoming releases, author tours and major news.

Are you a bookseller? Click here!

X