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Miss Nobody
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By Carnie, Ethel. (Ethel Carnie Holdsworth)
ISBN 1849211272
SERIES Ethel Carnie Holdsworth
Paperback  264 pages
 
Published 4 September 2013
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A centenary edition of the 1913 novel, Miss Nobody, by Ethel Carnie (later Ethel Carnie Holdsworth), widely believed to be the first published novel written by a working-class woman in Britain. Miss Nobody charts the fortunes of the independent Carrie Brown, a former 'scullery drudge' turned oyster shop owner from Ardwick, Greater Manchester. Schooled in the popular romances of cheap yellow-backed novelettes, Carrie decides to sell up and leave the grey city of Manchester when she receives a surprising offer of marriage from a country farmer. The plot sees Carrie struggling to reconcile herself to the 'mixed up' reality of marriage and the loneliness of country life, and ultimately results in her striking out on her own. The story describes Carrie's picaresque adventures as she strives to find love and self-fulfilment in a harsh and oftentimes bitter world.

Belinda Webb’s debut novel, A Clockwork Apple (Burning House), was published in 2008. She has written on social, literary, and current affairs for publications including Tribune, the Guardian’s CiF and Books Blog, Review31, and the New Humanist. Belinda came across Ethel Carnie through doctoral research at Kingston University.

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