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Singled Out
About the book
  • Published: 5 June 2008
  • ISBN: 9780141902104
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 336

Singled Out


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In 1919 a generation of young women discovered that there were, quite simply, not enough men to go round, and the statistics confirmed it. After the 1921 Census, the press ran alarming stories of the 'Problem of the Surplus Women - Two Million who can never become Wives...'. This book is about those women, and about how they were forced, by a tragedy of historic proportions, to stop depending on men for their income, their identity and their future happiness.

  • Pub date: 5 June 2008
  • ISBN: 9780141902104
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 336

About the Author

Virginia Nicholson

Virginia Nicholson was born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. After studying at Cambridge University she lived in France and Italy and then worked as a documentary researcher for BBC Television. Her first book, Charleston - A Bloomsbury House and Garden (written in collaboration with her father, Quentin Bell), was an account of the Sussex home of her grandmother, the painter Vanessa Bell.
Books published by Penguin include Among the Bohemians: Experiments in Living 1900-1939 and Singled Out: How Two Million Women Survived without Men After the First World War. She is married and has three children.

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