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My Husband Simon
My Husband Simon

My Husband Simon


British Library Women Writers


224 Pages, 5 x 7.5

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $16.95 (US $16.95) (CA $22.95)

Publication Date: September 2021

ISBN 9780712353120

Rights: US, CA, SAM & MX

British Library Publishing (Sep 2021)

Price: $16.95


My Husband Simon tells the story of the married life of Nevis Falconer, a young woman novelist, and Simon Quinn. Temperamentally unsuited, they are only kept together by a mutual physical attraction, in spite of innumerable quarrels. They live this superficial existence for three years, until one day Nevis meets Marcus Chard, her American publisher, who has just arrived in London. Soon friendship develops into love. Inevitably the problem faces her. Wife or mistress? Nevis finds herself caught in a whirl of circumstances over which she has no control. Published in 1931 in the immediate aftermath of D H Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover controversy, Mollie Panter-Downes’s book explores the different echelons of the increasingly self-conscious middle class and the ways in which the tensions and nuances of vocabulary, dress, occupation, politics, taste and, ultimately, the literary world contribute to the incompatibility of a marriage.

Part of a curated collection of forgotten works by early to mid-century women writers, the British Library Women Writers series highlights the best middlebrow fiction from the 1910s to the 1960s, offering escapism, popular appeal and plenty of period detail to amuse, surprise and inform.


"Mollie Panter-Downes is as profound as Katherine Mansfield, restrained as Jane Austen, sharp as Dorothy Parker." --Independent on One Fine Day

Author Biography

Mollie Panter-Downes’s (1906–1997) first book was published when she was only seventeen and her remarkable post-war novel One Fine Day is recognized as a modern classic. She is also remembered for her fortnightly "Letters from London" which appeared in the New Yorker from 1938 through to the 1980s and provided an American readership with a warm and detailed "voice" of everyday life in England and its capital.