Lyndall Gordon on Writers as Outsiders

On October 18th, we hosted Lyndall Gordon on the eve of the publication of her new book: Outsiders, Five Women Writers Who Changed the World.

Lyndall Gordon’s Outsiders: Mary Shelley, Emily Bronte, George Eliot, Oilve Schreiner and Virginia Woolf

Sarah Glazer talked to Lyndall about how she picks her subjects, how “issues in the life grab you,” the problem of the second paragraph, research and writing the “hot draft” and how five remarkable women linked across time were able to tune into a “strain in human nature which is immensely valuable” – a quality of sympathy and tenderness “beneath the platform of history” that is different to power and that feels more relevant than ever.

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