South Riding by Winifred Holtby

Our guests are Tanya Kirk, Lead Curator of Printed Heritage Collections 1601-1900 at The British Library, and Backlisted’s old friend Una McCormack, a New York Times bestselling author. We are discussing Winifred Holtby’s classic final novel South Riding, published posthumously in 1936 and widely admired for its broad canvas of social realism and as a classic of early feminism. Also in this episode John updates us on his progress through Olga Tokarczuk’s The Books of Jacob (Fitzcarraldo), translated by Jennifer Croft; while Andy has been reading My Rock ‘n’ Roll Friend (Canongate), Tracey Thorn’s memoir of her longstanding friendship with Lindy Morrison, the former drummer of The Go-Betweens. For more information visit Please support us and unlock bonus material at

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