Non-Combatants and Others
Publication Date: January 2010
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Rose Macaulay's powerfully-felt pacifist novel of the First World War records the suffering and passion of Alix Sandomir's rebellion against the foolishness of her fellow non-combatants. The year is 1915, and Alix moves from her cousins home in the country to the suburban villa Violette with its impervious, engrossed household. Here we meet a gallery of preoccupied characters drawn with all Rose Macaulay's wit and observation, who for a while distract Alix from the frustrations and impotence of her position. But when she learns the truth about the death of her younger brother on the front line she becomes increasingly aware of the ineffective role of women in war. Angered by her own ineffectualness Alix finally begins her battle for peace.
About the AuthorRose Macaulay (1881-1958), born in Rugby and educated at Oxford, was created a Dame Commander of the British Empire in 1958. One of the most popular satirical novelists of her day, Told by an Idiot, first published in 1923, is her panoramic tour de force, revealing, through the eyes of the extraordinary Garden family, the social, political and religious fortunes of England from the age of Victoria to the 1920s.
JOANNA RUSS is a prolific author who is universally regarded as one of the finest science fiction novelists of the past 50 years. She combines a feminist perspective with a sophisticated style. SARAH LEFANU is a writer and broadcaster in the U.K. and author of In the Chinks of the World Machine (1988).