2023 Festival Event

Ysenda Maxtone Graham in conversation with AJ Pearce

Ysenda Maxtone Graham and AJ Pearce meet for an entertaining discussion about the ever-changing world of women at work.  Ranging from the clack of the typewriter in the 1950s to the bottom-pinching 1970s, to shoulder pads and emails in the late 1980s/90s, Ysenda and AJ investigate how much has changed for working women and how much hasn’t. 

Ysenda is a features writer, book reviewer and columnist for The Times, The Spectator and Slightly Foxed, and famous for her opening lines (Please, pustules appear!).  Her most recent book, Jobs for the Girls, is a fascinating portrait of working women in Britain from 1950 onwards.  Ysenda is the author of six non-fiction titles, including the Sunday Times bestseller, British Summer Time Begins: The School Summer Holidays, 1930-1980.   

AJ Pearce is the author of Dear Mrs Bird, Yours Cheerfully, and most recently Mrs Porter Calling; a series of novels following the trials and tribulations of working girl and would-be journalist Emmy Lake during World War II.  Phenomenally popular, the Emmy Lake Chronicles have been widely praised. Bonnie Garmus (Lessons in Chemistry) said of Yours Cheerfully: ‘Loved. Every. Word.’

Ysenda Maxtone Graham - Jobs for the Girls

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