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In 1933 a letter to a women's magazine sparked the creation of a Co-operative Correspondence Club for women, that ran fortnightly until 1990. In the days before photocopiers and without access to duplicators, women hand-wrote or typed manuscripts for circulation round the group (the BSFA would recognise this as an Orbiter). Some of the material ended up at the Mass Observation Archive at the University of Sussex, and Jenna Bailey wrote first her Master's thesis and then this book based on it. The book looks at different aspects of the women's lives, using their own writing: birth, the War, marriage, everyday life, employment and growing old.

One of its members was Elaine Morgan, who wrote The Descent of Women.

The subject is fascinating to me in particular as I look for correspondences and differences between the CCC and TWP. About which I shall have to write some more some other time.

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Caroline M

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