Some good news: The Women’s Library, which holds the papers of Marjory Ingle and Catherine Thackray, as well as physical and electronic copies of The World of An Insignificant Woman, has found a new home at the London School of Economics.
The Womens Library collection will move to the Lionel Robbins Building in Central London next year. (link)
Right then. This is a call out to all those who have bought the book; all those who are related to me; and all those who are related to Marjory Ingle (I suspect the venn diagramme for those three constituencies overlaps a great deal).
The publishing project is over, and the promotional project is about to begin!
First, please re-visit the Lulu.com page for the book, log-in, and leave a rating (five stars, please).
Second, please visit the Amazon pages for the paperback and Kindle versions, and leave a high rating and a gushing review in those places too.
Done that? Good. Now you can go about your business.
As promised, the Kindle version of The World of an Insignificant Woman is now available from the Amazon Kindle store.
When I uploaded the file, the system insisted on a minimum price for the book. Since profit is not a motive, I have set the lowest possible price, 77p (or 99¢ in the US store). However, I know it is possible to set a zero price for Kindle editions if you wish, and I will attempt to make the price free as soon as I can. Free electronic versions are available on this site, of course.
The author photograph for ‘A Score In Metre’ by Thomas Sharp
A pleasant surprise: A Score In Metre, a book of poems by Thomas Sharp, has been digitised by the Internet Archive Project.
The copy of the scanned book was provided by the University of California, and the actual scanning work involved was sponsored by Microsoft in 2010. There are PDF, Kindle, EPUB and text versions available.
Vist the A Score In Metre page on the Internet Archive.
I came accross this page because I was doing a bit of online research to see whether it would be worth Sabrina Press re-publishing Tom’s poetry, as a companion to The World of an Insignificant Woman. His other poetry book, New Poems, has an entry on the Google Books index, (as does A Score In Metre) but no digital copy is available.
From page 113 of A World of an Insignificant Woman:
After his first unfortunate experience with a printer, Tom was able, in the easier post-war climate, to find a new publisher for his small volume of poems A Score in Metre, which he dedicated to ‘my beloved critic on the hearth, MY WIFE, whose mordant criticism has confined this book within so narrow limits.’ This dedication was taken up by one reviewer who commented on her ‘ruthless blue-pencil’ adding ‘if every poet had possessed such a guardian angel – and followed her advice – how much suffering the world would have escaped.’
I’ve added this quote to the Open Library entry for the collection.
I’ve had another attempt at creating ebook files for The World of an Insignificant Woman. This time I used Calibre, an eBook management and conversion tool. I ran my HTML through the programme and converted the book to .Mobi and .ePUB versions.
I will make these files available in the Lulu and Amazon stores in due course.
Another electronic version is available: The HTML version.
I have very deliberately created this file shorn of any design information. I think that anyone who needs this kind of file will want it ‘vanilla’, so-to-speak.
This is by far the smallest file size of any of the versions of the book: It is only 632 Kb. By contrast, the files used to produce the printed version of the book were 20.4 Mb in total – more than 32 times larger.
The sources cited by Ta in the footnotes for The World of an Insignificant Woman offer a broad reading list for anyone studying early Twentieth Century history.
- Margaret Spufford. Contrasting Communities – English Villagers in the C16 & C17 . C.U.P. 1974.
- Cottenham Village College Local History Group. Charity School to Village College. Echo Press. Loughborough. 1968.
- Mary Gawthorpe. Up Hill to Holloway. Traversity Press. Main. 1962.
- Gwen Raverat, Period Piece – A Cambridge Childhood. Faber. 1952.
- A booklet produced for private circulation, compiled by Miss Maisie Cattley, with recollections contributed by Old Perseans, to mark the 75th Anniversary of the School in 1956. I have also used school records of the School Magazine and the Debating Society.
- H.M. Swanwick I Have Been Young Gollancz. 1935
- M.A.Scott, The Perse School for Girls, The First Hundred Years. Cambridge, 1981
- Susan Chitty The Beas and the Monk. A Life of Charles Kingsley (1974)
- Governors’ Minutes. Keighley Girls’ High School.
- Sybil Oldfield Spinsters of this Parish. Virago. 1984
- Leonard Woolf Beginning Again 1964
- John Carswell Lives and Letters of A. R. Orage, Katherine Mansfield, Beatrice Hastings, John Middleton Murry, S. S. Roteliansky (Faber, 1978)
- The unpublished memoir of Millie Price, which is stored in the same archive box as Marjory Sharp and Catherine Thackray’s papers.
- Philip Mairet Life of A.R. Orage.
- Enid Huws Jones, Margery Fry – the Essential Amateur (1966)
- Deborah Gorman The Victorian Girl and the Feminine Ideal (Croom Helm, 1982)
- Wallasey High School for Girls, Governors’ Minutes at Wirral M.B.C. Central Library, Birkenhead.
- B.M.Gregory. One Hundred Years of W.H.S.Wallasey 1883–1983
- Wallasey News
- Dora Russell The Tamarisk Tree Vol.3 1985
- Vera Brittain Chronicle of Youth. War Diaries 1913–17.
- Martha Vicinus Independent Women – Work and Community for Single Women 1850 – 1920. Virago History, 1985.
- Book of the Bazaar in Southwark Local Studies Library
- F.H. Stead. Fellowship – the monthly journal of the Browning Settlement
- A. Linklater An Unhusbanded Life: Charlotte Despard. Suffragette, Socialist and Sinn Feiner Hutchinson, 1980
- Peckham People’s History. The Times of our Lives. 1983
- George Lansbury came My Life (London, 1928)
- George Hamilton Archibald The Modern Sunday School – Its Psychology and Method (The Pilgrim Press, 1921)
- Liddington and Norris One Hand Tied Behind Us: The Rise of the Women’s Suffrage Movement (Virago, London, 1978)
- NUWSS archives at the Fawcett Library, including ‘Common Cause’
- Ray Strachey The Cause (Virago, 1978)
- Margaret Forster Significant Sisters – Active Feminism 1839 – 1939
- Women’s Industrial Council Annual Reports 1909 – 1911 in the archives of Huddersfield Polytechnic.
- Ian Mac Dougall (ed) Militant Miners 1981 (Polygon Books)
- Stanley Weintraub The Four Rossettis (W. H. Allen) 1978
- The Victoria County History – Cambridgeshire Volume V records that in 1912 Robert Ingle bought 277 acres of land in Kingston, Cambs.
- The Elean No. 10, Summer 1966 (magazine of King’s School, Ely).
- T.E.B. Howarth’s Cambridge Between the Wars.
- Peter Ackroyd, in T.S. Eliot (Hamish Hamilton, 1984)
- James Cameron Point of Departure (Panther, 1969)
- A Newnham Anthology
- Walter de la Mare Behold this Dreamer (Faber, reissued 1984).
- Rose Macaulay Non-Combatants and Others (Methuen, 1916)