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Business as Usual

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Title: Business as Usual
Author: Oliver, Jane
ISBN: 9781912766185
Publisher: Handheld Classics
Published: 2020
Binding: Quality
Language: English
Condition: New

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Publisher Description:

This classic illustrated novel in letters sure to delight fans of Jane Austen and Winifred Watson.

Hilary Fane is an Edinburgh girl fresh out of university who is determined to support herself by her own earnings in London for a year, despite the mutterings of her surgeon fiancé. After a nervous beginning looking for a job while her savings rapidly diminish, she finds work as a typist in the London department store of Everyman's (a very thin disguise for Selfridges), and rises rapidly through the ranks to work in the library, where she has to enforce modernizing systems on her entrenched and frosty colleagues.

Business as Usual is charming, intelligent, heart-warming, funny, and entertaining. It's deeply interesting as a record of the history of shopping in the 1930s, and fascinating for its unflinching descriptions of social conditions, poverty and illegitimacy.