We went hear Kate Morton, author of The Distant Hours (see December 1st), an author event put on by Rainy Day Books. When she was talking about her love for books and stories that inspired her writing, she praised Singled Out by Virginia Nicholson. The sub-title sums up what the book is about—How two million women survived without men after the First World War.
From the author's website:
Singled Out tells the story of a generation of women, brought up in the unquestioning belief that marriage was their birthright, who discovered after the 1914-18 war that there were, quite simply, not enough men to go round. In the 1920s they were known as the 'Surplus Women’.