The Poor Relation – Susanna Bavin


1908, Manchester. Mary Maitland is an attractive and intelligent young woman determined to strike out on her own and earn a living. Finding work at a women’s employment agency, her creative talent is soon noticed and Mary begins writing articles for newspapers and magazines. But being of independent and progressive mind are troublesome traits when those you hold dear must constantly live up to the expectations of the well-to-do family to which they are linked. With increasing pressures from the powers that be, can Mary find the fine line between honouring her family and honouring herself?


The first page contains a family tree which is incredibly useful for reference throughout the book as at times it’s a little confusing, as with any large family.

The story is a stark comparison between the two sides of the family and the two sexes. It was an eye opening read to relive what it might have been like to be a young women at the time! Mary’s determination is uplifting and admirable. I am not envious and it reminds us quite how far we’ve come.

The books writing style isn’t my usual but I felt fit the story very well!

I would recommend this book!!

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