Nicola Beaumann

Nicola Beaumann is a journalist, fiction reviewer and biographer. She founded Persephone Books in 1998. A Very Great Profession: The Woman’s Novel 1914 – 39  is one of her books.

I Feel Bad About My Neck and Other Thoughts on Being a Woman
Nora Ephron launched her book, I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman, at Book Week. In this session Nora Ephron examined the indignities of ageing with her biting humour, comforting us with the thought that no matter how much our neck sags, our skin wrinkles and our children don’t appreciate us, someone else has been there before you. She gave us glimpses from her anything-but-glamorous debut as a White House intern during the JFK years to her successful caree...
Reading group: Farewell Leicester Square by Betty Miller
Betty Miller wrote Farewell Leicester Square, in 1935 but her publisher, Victor Gollancz, ‘turned the book down flat,’ wrote Neal Ascherson in The New York Review of Books. ‘It seems most likely that he saw it as terrifyingly provocative, not only an attack on the solid English assimilation of his own family but a tactless outburst against the English at precisely the moment, two years after Hitler’s assumption of power, when their tolerance and hospitality were most needed.’...
Forgotten Fictions: The Wise Virgins

JBW joins forces with the Society of Authors to celebrate Persephone Press’s new edition of Leonard Woolf’s forgotten classic, The Wise Virgins. Written on the Woolfs’ honeymoon in 1912, the semi-autobiographical novel examining moral, personal and social dilemmas is discussed by founder of Persephone Books Nicola Beaumann and literary biographer Lyndall Gordon, with Anne Sebba.