Writing a ‘Topsy-Turvey’ World

Longlisted in the 2016 Competition, ELEANOR FITZSIMONS profiles the life and short story writing of ‘New Woman’ George Egerton: ‘Egerton’s women reject their proscribed roles as guardians of morality, and refuse to engage in the heteronormative courtship plots familiar to readers of the time. Instead, they cooperate with other women, often overcoming constructed ethnic and social divisions in pursuit of agency and self-determination…’