Published: Harlequin Australia
Date: 3rd September 2020
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
In The Women’s Pages, Victoria Purman tells us the story – the history – of the lives of those as WW2 ends in Australia. In particular she paints a picture for us of the life of a woman journalist and her family and friends.
Tilly’s husband is a soldier at war, she hasn’t heard from him since 1942, but she forever hopes, as she writes what she is assigned. What she is assigned is not always to her passion. Women are in many ways ridiculed by the men, who take “the important” stories and the larger pay packets home.
In many ways this is a black and white picture. Victoria Purman manages to provide for us an idea of the realities of that time. It is still a time of great struggle and injustice. Men return – if they do – often physically and psychologically wounded. With images in their minds that will scar them forever. Women have scraped and provided for their families on very little and still there is very little let up. Everywhere there is injustice.
We especially see that injustice played out in the life of Tilly’s father – a waterside worker. They worked long hard hours for little remuneration and very poor working conditions. They are asking for better and are labelled “commies”.
Tilly is a gutsy woman, she has passion and fire. Even though she suffers in little and large ways she fights on. She takes the opportunities small as they are, she sees the stories of so many women of that time and is determined to make a difference.
A very realistic and eye opening depiction of this era from a woman’s point of view. Well done to Victoria Purman.