The Woman in the Picture February These are the days leading up to The General Strike and London is restless Evelyn Gifford narrator of THE CRIMSON ROOMS has qualified as a solicitor and is one of the first women to

  • Title: The Woman in the Picture
  • Author: Katharine McMahon
  • ISBN: 9780297866039
  • Page: 411
  • Format: Hardcover
  • February, 1926 These are the days leading up to The General Strike, and London is restless Evelyn Gifford, narrator of THE CRIMSON ROOMS, has qualified as a solicitor and is one of the first women to do so but her life remains full of conflict Embroiled in two new cases, the matter of a burnt letter provides an unexpected challenge, as does her pursuit by a client wFebruary, 1926 These are the days leading up to The General Strike, and London is restless Evelyn Gifford, narrator of THE CRIMSON ROOMS, has qualified as a solicitor and is one of the first women to do so but her life remains full of conflict Embroiled in two new cases, the matter of a burnt letter provides an unexpected challenge, as does her pursuit by a client whose husband claims not to be the father of their child And Evelyn s private life is not without complication Her beloved grandmother dies, leaving behind tantalising clues to an affair which throws doubt upon the family history Meanwhile, Meredith jealous of Evelyn s independence and embittered by society s treatment of her illegitimate son retreats to the south of France When Evelyn receives a shock marriage proposal, she accepts, compelled by vulnerability and grief, although her thoughts still linger on her passionate, fleeting affair with Nicholas Thorne Lonely and bereft, Evelyn throws herself into her caseload, becoming deeply involved in the struggles of others But when she finds herself on the opposite side of the courtroom to Thorne, her professional and private lives collide, and she uncovers the surprising truth at the heart of both of her casesBN9780297866039

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    1. Katharine McMahon says:

      Katharine McMahon is the author of 9 novels, including the bestselling The Rose of Sebastopol, which was a Richard and Judy pick for 2007 Her latest book, The Woman in the Picture, a sequel to The Crimson Rooms, is published in July 2015 She combines writing with judicial work she s a magistrate and serves as a Judicial Appointments Commissioner, and with teaching.Read her blog at katharinemcmahon

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    1. Set in London in 1926, this novel features Evelyn Gifford, who we first met in an earlier novel by Katharine McMahon, The Crimson Rooms. Now one of the first female qualified solicitors, Evelyn’s brother was killed in WWI and she is living with her young nephew and his mother Meredith. Two cases dominate the storyline; one regarding disputed paternity and another regarding union strikes. In her personal life, too, Evelyn faces challenges, decisions and conflicts, with the chance of happiness w [...]

    2. Three and a half stars. This book suffered, I fear, from my having read three brilliant books before it. As a result, though I found it readable, I did not find it to be one of those novels that kept calling me back. Initially it was more a case of reading it because it was there. The story is set in 1920s in London. The main character Evelyn is a female lawyer, in a time when there were very few females in this profession. Her career might be going well but other relationships are not. Evelyn w [...]

    3. The 'between the wars' period in Britain, specifically, the General Strike of 1926 is well-imagined by McMahon. Her lead character, Evelyn Gifford, is intellectually smart but, perhaps, a little lacking in 'smarts'? What comes as a revelation to Evelyn near the end of the novel regarding the real perpetrator of a crime has been obvious to the reader for quite some time! Thoroughly enjoyed the novel's historical veracity, its feminist protagonist and the use of crime to examine the class divide o [...]

    4. This really was a most enjoyable read - a fascinating story told by its heroine, Evelyn Gifford, one of Britain's first female lawyers as she fights to make her way in a male world. We watch as Evelyn handles two large and wholly fascinating court cases, each with its own focus and perspective on the position and status of women in 1920s Britain. But we also see Evelyn's off duty life - her difficult and complicated family relationships, the pressure to marry and live a more conventional life, h [...]

    5. The Woman in the Picture by Katharine McMahon is set in London in the 1920s in which Evelyn Gifford has qualified to practice as a lawyer, becoming one of the few women to dare to venture into the male-dominated profession. Professionally, she is in control but when it comes to her personal life, it is in total disarray. Her passionate but brief affair with Nicholas Thorne ended, and she left home to live with Meredith, the mother of her nephew. When her grandmother died, her Aunt Prudence set o [...]

    6. 'The Woman in the Picture' is Katherine McMahon's sequel to 'The Crimson Rooms' (a book which should ideally be read first as she continues the characters' stories). Set in 1926 in England, the book continues with Evelyn's controversial job as a lawyer, and we follow a number of her cases that illustrate the times: the General Strike and the battle between the unions and workers, and the rich mine owners; domestic abuse; and a messy paternity case - all incidents that are vividly and often painf [...]

    7. Definitely the best book I've read this year. I studied the General Strike for O level History but got more information from this book than I did from my textbooks. The comment on the front that its for 'Fans of Downton Abbey' is accurate up to a point - this book shows the same period but in a totally different light. I loved the idea of female lawyer in this period and feel Julian Fellowes really missed a trick with that one!

    8. Gritty well-rounded characters and a strong narrative make this one of the best books I've read lately. There were times I didn't like the characters but that is no bad thing - made them all the more real. Evelyn struggles to establish herself in a male-dominated law profession of the 1920s but still has emotional space and empathy for others. Her two cases are very different and the court scenes are real page turners. It's the kind of book that would reward re-reading.

    9. Brilliant! KMcM's writing just keeps getting better and better. I have read both of her Evelyn Gifford novels now and each is a prefect period piece with just enough modern to make it work. Sheer genius! Can't wait for number 3!Toast

    10. Unconventional woman lawyer in London, 1926, living with artist widowed sister-in-law. Takes on two difficult family cases, and has to choose in her personal life between a trusted colleague, and a gifted adversary. Good for the social disparities leading upto the general strike & depression.

    11. The sequel to The Crimson Rooms. Again, the book has something to say about women's comparative value in the 1920s. Although the main character is a woman and a lawyer, she always has to fight to be respected. She is defending a woman whose husband appears to be looking for a way to dispose of her. At the same time Evelyn is considering marriage and what she is willing to either settle for or to risk.

    12. I'm sooo sorry, Katherine McMahon, I made the mistake of reading this book after two Stephen King books and the entire Harry Potter series and I got a little bored with it. I'm not comparing the books at all, I just wanted more from it. I loved The Rose of Sebastopol and The Alchemist's Daughter and I wanted to be captivated by this story like I was in those two books. Sadly, I was disappointed and didn't finish the book. Back to Stephen King, me thinks.

    13. In this sequel to "The Crimson Rooms", we encounter again Evelyn, the determined young woman who flouted convention after the First World War to train as a solicitor in London. Set against the background of the 1926 General Strike, a damp squib of an event which may account for its somewhat wooden treatment here, the book's compelling quality comes from the author's ability to create a sense of period and place and develop the main characters as Evelyn is caught up in a couple of cases which ill [...]

    14. a tragic disappointment. Really couldn't sympathise with any of the cases (apart from the last case). The "poor" little rich girls and their friends were tedious.It just deviated and was all about the meaning of love. Compared to the intrigue and tragedy of the first novel - this just didn't have any of it. More of a chick lit. The bad guys are all blond (typical chick lit cliché) and the "good guys" are handsome dark haired types. It was so pathetic.The Crimson Room was brilliant - no one was [...]

    15. This book isn't as good as "The Crimson Rooms" - however I really enjoyed it. The characters are likeable and you are drawn into their world from the start and it was great that the novel ends in a positive way. Evelyn Gifford is a likeable and interesting heroine and it was really good to immerse yourself in the continuation of her story. As part of the first generation of women after the attainment of the vote, Evelyn is a liberated and highly sympathetic heroine and the other characters such [...]

    16. I received this book for free via First Reads.Sometimes I receive a book and hesitate about it. This was one of those books. The cover and the blurb both did not seem that interesting to me. I rarely go into the past with what I read and a book based on a female lawyer in 1926 London is not going to be a first choice. So, this book slipped down my 'to read' piles for a few months.As it turned out I really enjoyed the writing and the story. Easy to pick up despite this being my first glimpse of [...]

    17. The first book in this series, The Crimson Rooms, was the first book I read this year. I also really enjoyed it and so was thrilled to learn that McMahon had written another about Evelyn Gifford, a fictional female lawyer in 1920s London.I think this book is stronger than the first, although I find it hard to pinpoint why. Perhaps it benefits from the fact that we already know all the main characters and therefore don't have to spend time learning them. I'm not sure how this book would necessari [...]

    18. I read this having read the Crimson Rooms with the same characters. The book restarts in 1926 with Evelyn Gifford one of the first female solicitors and the interesting cases she takes on. This is set against the historical General Strike. The strike was called in support of the coal miners who were ‘locked out’ as they refused to accept increased working hours for less wages.I really loved the Crimson Rooms and felt this was not as good. While it was nice to see what happened to the charact [...]

    19. The book is well written and clearly had a lot of research put in about the situation of a woman lawyer in a society still very much dominated by men in 1926, and the historic event of the general strike. But the protagonist also shows some strange and erratic behaviour and there are some very annoying loose ends and inconsistencies in the story. Why is Evie so perceptive (not to say clairvoyant) in the paternity case but totally misses out to notice what's been going on in the Wright case? We a [...]

    20. What's not to like? There's a feisty female lawyer, Evelyn Gifford, working hard to forge a career in a male dominated profession in 1920s London, at a time when all young women were expected to wish for was a good husband. There's a handsome ex-lover, a shocking family secret, two courtroom dramas with wronged women from the opposite ends of the social class - and a general strike. There's plenty of historical content and because of the skilful writing and plotting, I was immediately immersed i [...]

    21. Set against the backdrop of the 1926 General Strike, the story of a woman solicitor called Evelyn Gifford makes an interesting read. She has to fight for her cases and prove herself, no easy task at the time. Furthermore she is haunted by a past love affair that stops her from finding future happiness.This is an easy to read glimpse of what it was like to be caught up in The General Strike and to understand the machinations of government and unions volleying for support. The cases Evelyn takes o [...]

    22. Much better than the first book, The Crimson Rooms, this book is much more interesting. Evelyn, one of the first female solicitors, takes on cases of theft, domestic violence and marital intrigues against the backdrop of the 1926 General Strike in the UK. I guessed the twist in one of the main cases almost as soon as it started but that is a small quibble. This is of the author's best books to date and I enjoyed reading it.

    23. I do feel that with a female protagonist who was doing some thing pioneering, that said protagonist shouldn't have been so passive and willing to be swept along by male forces. Where was her gumption?

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