The Old wives tale by Arnold Bennett

About the book

First published in 1908, ‘The Old WivesTale‘ affirms the integrity of ordinary lives as it tells the story of the Baines sisters – shy, retiring Constance and defiant, romantic Sophia – over the course of nearly half a century.

Reviewed by Book Friends

Although we were daunted by the size of the novel, everyone in the group immensely enjoyed Bennett’s tale of the “old wives”. It was a wonderful story, skilfully told with great descriptions of life in the drapers shop and in Paris. We recommend other groups to read it.
**** 4 stars

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  1. Review by Southsea Literature Group
    Much enjoyed by all. Gave plenty of discussion material. Fast paced and observant.
    Bennett understands human foibles and writes sympathetically. The development through time conjures the manners and society of Victorian England beautifully.
    **** 4 stars

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