Old Baggage

Old Baggage

What do you do next, after you?ve changed the world? It is 1928. Matilda Simpkin, rooting through a cupboard, comes across a small wooden club ? an old possession of hers, unseen for more than a decade. Mattie is a woman with a thrilling past and a chafingly uneventful present. During the Women?s Suffrage Campaign she was a militant. Jailed five times, she marched, sang, gav What do you do next, after you?ve changed the world? It is 1928. Matilda Simpkin, rooting through a cu...

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Title:Old Baggage
Author:Lissa Evans
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Genres:Historical
ISBN:0857523627
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:320 pages pages

Old Baggage Reviews

  • Jacki (Julia Flyte)
    Aug 03, 2018

    It's 1928. Matilda Simpkin, rooting through a cupboard, comes across an old wooden club - an old possession of hers, unseen for more than a decade. Mattie (Matilda) was a militant during the Women's Suffrage Campaign. She has given speeches, marched, smashed windows, she's even heck...

    Mattie Simpson has appeared in a previous novel, ?Crooked Heart,? and I was delighted to meet up with her again. It is 1928 and Mattie is living in Hampstead Heath with Florrie Lee, ?the Flea.? Both were heavily involved in the suffragette movement and Mattie still gives talks ...

    In many ways the title, Old Baggage, gives a clue to themes explored in the book. For example, some of those who come into contact with Mattie Simpkin, with her no-nonsense attitude and forthright manner, would probably regard her as a bit of an ?old baggage?. Mattie believes in th...

    I've finished Old Baggage and I am bereft! This is beautiful, beautiful writing with characters that live and breathe. I loved Mattie in Crooked Heart. How wonderful to spend more time with her. I just hope we meet her again. This is a gorgeous, warm novel and I can't recommend it enou...

    What an astonishing book!! In Matilda Simpkins, there is a character with so much depth and background to explore - it's just that she has reached a point in her life where her past was a million more times exciting than her present! She used to be part of the suffragete movement a...

    Stop and think about this title of the latest book from Lissa Evans. Old Baggage, can mean different things to different people. It can be used as a description of some older lady, past her prime and of no use to anyone or society. It can be the baggage we bring from the past into t...

    Visit the locations in the novel This was such a joy to read and extremely apt and poignant in the year we?re all supporting and remembering what these woman did for us. These were the early days of feminism and women?s rights but it?s told in such a poignant, warm witty...

    In Lissa Evan?s previous novel, Crooked Heart, the reader is briefly introduced to Mattie Simpkin, an elderly lady who was once a suffragette. Old Baggage is set a decade earlier and offers further details on the life of this idiosyncratic character. Neither book relies on the other ...

    I had this book sat on my kindle for some time before I got around to reading it, but once I started I couldn't put it down and read it in three sittings over less than 24 hours. It centres around a militant suffragette, Mattie, and 'what came next' after the vote had been won and afte...

    I really enjoyed this novel. Set largely in 1928, it has as its central characters two former suffragettes, Mattie Simpkin and Florence Lea, long known as the Flea, who live together near Hampstead Heath. Florence is the practical one, who keeps the household going, and is full of unre...

    Suffragette Mattie Simpkins has dedicated her life to fighting for womens? right to vote. She has tackled politicians, stood at the forefront of protests and inspired and buoyed the hopes and aspirations of so many under her wing. Now her life, which was once pulsing with speeches (h...

    Crooked Heart was a book that I enjoyed very much so I was thrilled to see that Old Baggage had been published. You could say that it is a prequel, focusing on Mattie who was Noel's godmother. She was only in the first chapter of Crooked Heart but it was evident that she was a characte...

    Oh my. I don't often give out 5 stars but this book warrants it - if I could give it 6 I would! How Lissa Evans manages to make you care for these wonderful characters within a few pages is amazing. It was a pleasure to get to know Mattie Simpkins after the brief glimpse we got of her ...

    I fell in love with the characters in this book. Real, rounded, flawed, lovable characters that I'm still thinking about two days later. Also, I loved the sense of time and place. It's immaculate. The other thing I really like is the way that Lissa Evans doesn't spell everything out...

  • Karen Mace
    Jul 06, 2018

    It's 1928. Matilda Simpkin, rooting through a cupboard, comes across an old wooden club - an old possession of hers, unseen for more than a decade. Mattie (Matilda) was a militant during the Women's Suffrage Campaign. She has given speeches, marched, smashed windows, she's even heck...

    Mattie Simpson has appeared in a previous novel, ?Crooked Heart,? and I was delighted to meet up with her again. It is 1928 and Mattie is living in Hampstead Heath with Florrie Lee, ?the Flea.? Both were heavily involved in the suffragette movement and Mattie still gives talks ...

    In many ways the title, Old Baggage, gives a clue to themes explored in the book. For example, some of those who come into contact with Mattie Simpkin, with her no-nonsense attitude and forthright manner, would probably regard her as a bit of an ?old baggage?. Mattie believes in th...

    I've finished Old Baggage and I am bereft! This is beautiful, beautiful writing with characters that live and breathe. I loved Mattie in Crooked Heart. How wonderful to spend more time with her. I just hope we meet her again. This is a gorgeous, warm novel and I can't recommend it enou...

    What an astonishing book!! In Matilda Simpkins, there is a character with so much depth and background to explore - it's just that she has reached a point in her life where her past was a million more times exciting than her present! She used to be part of the suffragete movement a...

  • Joanne D'Arcy
    Apr 12, 2018

    It's 1928. Matilda Simpkin, rooting through a cupboard, comes across an old wooden club - an old possession of hers, unseen for more than a decade. Mattie (Matilda) was a militant during the Women's Suffrage Campaign. She has given speeches, marched, smashed windows, she's even heck...

    Mattie Simpson has appeared in a previous novel, ?Crooked Heart,? and I was delighted to meet up with her again. It is 1928 and Mattie is living in Hampstead Heath with Florrie Lee, ?the Flea.? Both were heavily involved in the suffragette movement and Mattie still gives talks ...

    In many ways the title, Old Baggage, gives a clue to themes explored in the book. For example, some of those who come into contact with Mattie Simpkin, with her no-nonsense attitude and forthright manner, would probably regard her as a bit of an ?old baggage?. Mattie believes in th...

    I've finished Old Baggage and I am bereft! This is beautiful, beautiful writing with characters that live and breathe. I loved Mattie in Crooked Heart. How wonderful to spend more time with her. I just hope we meet her again. This is a gorgeous, warm novel and I can't recommend it enou...

    What an astonishing book!! In Matilda Simpkins, there is a character with so much depth and background to explore - it's just that she has reached a point in her life where her past was a million more times exciting than her present! She used to be part of the suffragete movement a...

    Stop and think about this title of the latest book from Lissa Evans. Old Baggage, can mean different things to different people. It can be used as a description of some older lady, past her prime and of no use to anyone or society. It can be the baggage we bring from the past into t...

  • Kirsty Darbyshire
    Jul 23, 2018

    It's 1928. Matilda Simpkin, rooting through a cupboard, comes across an old wooden club - an old possession of hers, unseen for more than a decade. Mattie (Matilda) was a militant during the Women's Suffrage Campaign. She has given speeches, marched, smashed windows, she's even heck...

    Mattie Simpson has appeared in a previous novel, ?Crooked Heart,? and I was delighted to meet up with her again. It is 1928 and Mattie is living in Hampstead Heath with Florrie Lee, ?the Flea.? Both were heavily involved in the suffragette movement and Mattie still gives talks ...

    In many ways the title, Old Baggage, gives a clue to themes explored in the book. For example, some of those who come into contact with Mattie Simpkin, with her no-nonsense attitude and forthright manner, would probably regard her as a bit of an ?old baggage?. Mattie believes in th...

    I've finished Old Baggage and I am bereft! This is beautiful, beautiful writing with characters that live and breathe. I loved Mattie in Crooked Heart. How wonderful to spend more time with her. I just hope we meet her again. This is a gorgeous, warm novel and I can't recommend it enou...

    What an astonishing book!! In Matilda Simpkins, there is a character with so much depth and background to explore - it's just that she has reached a point in her life where her past was a million more times exciting than her present! She used to be part of the suffragete movement a...

    Stop and think about this title of the latest book from Lissa Evans. Old Baggage, can mean different things to different people. It can be used as a description of some older lady, past her prime and of no use to anyone or society. It can be the baggage we bring from the past into t...

    Visit the locations in the novel This was such a joy to read and extremely apt and poignant in the year we?re all supporting and remembering what these woman did for us. These were the early days of feminism and women?s rights but it?s told in such a poignant, warm witty...

    In Lissa Evan?s previous novel, Crooked Heart, the reader is briefly introduced to Mattie Simpkin, an elderly lady who was once a suffragette. Old Baggage is set a decade earlier and offers further details on the life of this idiosyncratic character. Neither book relies on the other ...

    I had this book sat on my kindle for some time before I got around to reading it, but once I started I couldn't put it down and read it in three sittings over less than 24 hours. It centres around a militant suffragette, Mattie, and 'what came next' after the vote had been won and afte...

    I really enjoyed this novel. Set largely in 1928, it has as its central characters two former suffragettes, Mattie Simpkin and Florence Lea, long known as the Flea, who live together near Hampstead Heath. Florence is the practical one, who keeps the household going, and is full of unre...

    Suffragette Mattie Simpkins has dedicated her life to fighting for womens? right to vote. She has tackled politicians, stood at the forefront of protests and inspired and buoyed the hopes and aspirations of so many under her wing. Now her life, which was once pulsing with speeches (h...

    Crooked Heart was a book that I enjoyed very much so I was thrilled to see that Old Baggage had been published. You could say that it is a prequel, focusing on Mattie who was Noel's godmother. She was only in the first chapter of Crooked Heart but it was evident that she was a characte...

    Oh my. I don't often give out 5 stars but this book warrants it - if I could give it 6 I would! How Lissa Evans manages to make you care for these wonderful characters within a few pages is amazing. It was a pleasure to get to know Mattie Simpkins after the brief glimpse we got of her ...

    I fell in love with the characters in this book. Real, rounded, flawed, lovable characters that I'm still thinking about two days later. Also, I loved the sense of time and place. It's immaculate. The other thing I really like is the way that Lissa Evans doesn't spell everything out...

    This is another wonderful novel from Lissa Evans and introduces us to a younger Mattie Simpkin who we first encountered in Crooked Heart. It's 1928 and Mattie doesn't know what to do with her life. She'd been active in the Suffragette Movement, protesting, marching, being imprisoned an...

    Miss Matilda Simpkins, unmarried woman of a certain age is an educated former suffragette who prides herself on her ability to point out to others where they are going wrong with their lives. It's hard to try and recreate the busy glory days when, along with many others, they had a com...

    Lissa Evans' protagonist, the redoubtable Matilda Simpkins, sees women who don't know enough about anything to realise that they have the vote, let alone use it.  Her memories of the activities her group undertook, and the earnest young women and the camaraderie they shared, seems hol...

    I'm grateful to the publisher for an advance copy of Old Baggage. "It is 1928. Matilda Simpkin, rooting through a cupboard, comes across a small wooden club ? an old possession of hers, unseen for more than a decade..." This book is a prequel, of sorts, to Crooked Heart, in whi...

    Set in 1928 when women?s suffrage is on the cusp of being extended to women over 21, irrespective of whether or not they are property owners. It is a massive change for which women have fought over many years. Emmeline Pankhurst sadly does not live to see the day, but Mattie Simpkin ...

    Wonderful exploration of 'what suffragettes did next' combined with a comedic and touching glimpse at developing feminism and women's rights. I've read several of Evans novels for children and adults, and love her breezy, flowing style. All are very easy to fall into, with excellent...

    The late 1920s, and Mattie is still fairly well-known as having been one of the suffragettes. There's still a chance of the law being changed soon, too, so that universal suffrage is finally possible. But while she's long known the male world isn't ready for that, neither, she soon dis...

    I was lucky enough to receive a copy of Old Baggage from the publisher, it covers one of my ?favourite? moments in history, the suffragette movement. I used the term favourite very loosely because the amount of physical and emotional harm these ladies put themselves through for the...

    In 2015, British author Lissa Evans published a delightful book called "Crooked Heart". Set in the early days of WW2, the main character was a nine year old boy, Noel Bostock - old and wise before his time - who ends up in the care of a scrounger when he's evacuated from London to a to...

    Lissa Evans' novel Crooked Heart is a great favourite of mine, so I was very excited to learn that her new book, Old Baggage, is a prequel to it and centres on the character of Mattie Simpkin, a former suffragette who, in 1928, now finds herself middle-aged and, frankly, rather bored. ...

    This is a very loud book! Matty Simpkin bounds onto the page and makes herself heard wherever she is and whatever she is doing. Mattie and her friend Florrie Lee (known as The Flea) live near Hampstead Heath in The Mousehole, so called because the house was once a refuge for suffragett...

    I really enjoyed this novel which is rich in characters, humour and history. I also learned new stuff which is always a bonus. Mattie Simpkin was part of the suffragette movement and when we first meet her it is 1928 and she is looking for another outlet for her energy. Along with h...

    Matilda Simpkin used to be a Suffragette, she was imprisoned for her cause and still fights for votes for women. However in the genteel Hampstead of 1928 Mattie is a bit of a rebel without much of a cause. She lives in company with a Health Visitor, Florence Lee (The Flea), and writes ...

    Previously reviewed on The Good, The Bad, and The Unread: What?s a woman to do when the cause to which she?s given the best years of her life is now a historical curiosity to most people, and merely an incident from which to move on from to those she fought alongside? Mattie Smi...

    I was sent a copy of Old Baggage by Lissa Evans to read and review by NetGalley. I loved this book! It was beautifully written with proper use of the English language, as I remember being taught as a child - many moons ago! It is a tale primarily of middle aged former suffragette Mati...

    This is billed as the 'what happened next' story of a suffragette, set in 1928. And though I think that's selling it a little short I'm struggling to come up with a better way to describe it. Can we only be defined by what we once were? It's not just Mattie the ex-suffragette's story; ...

  • Kate
    Jun 13, 2018

    It's 1928. Matilda Simpkin, rooting through a cupboard, comes across an old wooden club - an old possession of hers, unseen for more than a decade. Mattie (Matilda) was a militant during the Women's Suffrage Campaign. She has given speeches, marched, smashed windows, she's even heck...

    Mattie Simpson has appeared in a previous novel, ?Crooked Heart,? and I was delighted to meet up with her again. It is 1928 and Mattie is living in Hampstead Heath with Florrie Lee, ?the Flea.? Both were heavily involved in the suffragette movement and Mattie still gives talks ...

    In many ways the title, Old Baggage, gives a clue to themes explored in the book. For example, some of those who come into contact with Mattie Simpkin, with her no-nonsense attitude and forthright manner, would probably regard her as a bit of an ?old baggage?. Mattie believes in th...

    I've finished Old Baggage and I am bereft! This is beautiful, beautiful writing with characters that live and breathe. I loved Mattie in Crooked Heart. How wonderful to spend more time with her. I just hope we meet her again. This is a gorgeous, warm novel and I can't recommend it enou...

  • Susan
    Jun 05, 2018

    It's 1928. Matilda Simpkin, rooting through a cupboard, comes across an old wooden club - an old possession of hers, unseen for more than a decade. Mattie (Matilda) was a militant during the Women's Suffrage Campaign. She has given speeches, marched, smashed windows, she's even heck...

    Mattie Simpson has appeared in a previous novel, ?Crooked Heart,? and I was delighted to meet up with her again. It is 1928 and Mattie is living in Hampstead Heath with Florrie Lee, ?the Flea.? Both were heavily involved in the suffragette movement and Mattie still gives talks ...

  • Stevie Carroll
    Jun 12, 2018

    It's 1928. Matilda Simpkin, rooting through a cupboard, comes across an old wooden club - an old possession of hers, unseen for more than a decade. Mattie (Matilda) was a militant during the Women's Suffrage Campaign. She has given speeches, marched, smashed windows, she's even heck...

    Mattie Simpson has appeared in a previous novel, ?Crooked Heart,? and I was delighted to meet up with her again. It is 1928 and Mattie is living in Hampstead Heath with Florrie Lee, ?the Flea.? Both were heavily involved in the suffragette movement and Mattie still gives talks ...

    In many ways the title, Old Baggage, gives a clue to themes explored in the book. For example, some of those who come into contact with Mattie Simpkin, with her no-nonsense attitude and forthright manner, would probably regard her as a bit of an ?old baggage?. Mattie believes in th...

    I've finished Old Baggage and I am bereft! This is beautiful, beautiful writing with characters that live and breathe. I loved Mattie in Crooked Heart. How wonderful to spend more time with her. I just hope we meet her again. This is a gorgeous, warm novel and I can't recommend it enou...

    What an astonishing book!! In Matilda Simpkins, there is a character with so much depth and background to explore - it's just that she has reached a point in her life where her past was a million more times exciting than her present! She used to be part of the suffragete movement a...

    Stop and think about this title of the latest book from Lissa Evans. Old Baggage, can mean different things to different people. It can be used as a description of some older lady, past her prime and of no use to anyone or society. It can be the baggage we bring from the past into t...

    Visit the locations in the novel This was such a joy to read and extremely apt and poignant in the year we?re all supporting and remembering what these woman did for us. These were the early days of feminism and women?s rights but it?s told in such a poignant, warm witty...

    In Lissa Evan?s previous novel, Crooked Heart, the reader is briefly introduced to Mattie Simpkin, an elderly lady who was once a suffragette. Old Baggage is set a decade earlier and offers further details on the life of this idiosyncratic character. Neither book relies on the other ...

    I had this book sat on my kindle for some time before I got around to reading it, but once I started I couldn't put it down and read it in three sittings over less than 24 hours. It centres around a militant suffragette, Mattie, and 'what came next' after the vote had been won and afte...

    I really enjoyed this novel. Set largely in 1928, it has as its central characters two former suffragettes, Mattie Simpkin and Florence Lea, long known as the Flea, who live together near Hampstead Heath. Florence is the practical one, who keeps the household going, and is full of unre...

    Suffragette Mattie Simpkins has dedicated her life to fighting for womens? right to vote. She has tackled politicians, stood at the forefront of protests and inspired and buoyed the hopes and aspirations of so many under her wing. Now her life, which was once pulsing with speeches (h...

    Crooked Heart was a book that I enjoyed very much so I was thrilled to see that Old Baggage had been published. You could say that it is a prequel, focusing on Mattie who was Noel's godmother. She was only in the first chapter of Crooked Heart but it was evident that she was a characte...

    Oh my. I don't often give out 5 stars but this book warrants it - if I could give it 6 I would! How Lissa Evans manages to make you care for these wonderful characters within a few pages is amazing. It was a pleasure to get to know Mattie Simpkins after the brief glimpse we got of her ...

    I fell in love with the characters in this book. Real, rounded, flawed, lovable characters that I'm still thinking about two days later. Also, I loved the sense of time and place. It's immaculate. The other thing I really like is the way that Lissa Evans doesn't spell everything out...

    This is another wonderful novel from Lissa Evans and introduces us to a younger Mattie Simpkin who we first encountered in Crooked Heart. It's 1928 and Mattie doesn't know what to do with her life. She'd been active in the Suffragette Movement, protesting, marching, being imprisoned an...

    Miss Matilda Simpkins, unmarried woman of a certain age is an educated former suffragette who prides herself on her ability to point out to others where they are going wrong with their lives. It's hard to try and recreate the busy glory days when, along with many others, they had a com...

    Lissa Evans' protagonist, the redoubtable Matilda Simpkins, sees women who don't know enough about anything to realise that they have the vote, let alone use it.  Her memories of the activities her group undertook, and the earnest young women and the camaraderie they shared, seems hol...

    I'm grateful to the publisher for an advance copy of Old Baggage. "It is 1928. Matilda Simpkin, rooting through a cupboard, comes across a small wooden club ? an old possession of hers, unseen for more than a decade..." This book is a prequel, of sorts, to Crooked Heart, in whi...

    Set in 1928 when women?s suffrage is on the cusp of being extended to women over 21, irrespective of whether or not they are property owners. It is a massive change for which women have fought over many years. Emmeline Pankhurst sadly does not live to see the day, but Mattie Simpkin ...

    Wonderful exploration of 'what suffragettes did next' combined with a comedic and touching glimpse at developing feminism and women's rights. I've read several of Evans novels for children and adults, and love her breezy, flowing style. All are very easy to fall into, with excellent...

    The late 1920s, and Mattie is still fairly well-known as having been one of the suffragettes. There's still a chance of the law being changed soon, too, so that universal suffrage is finally possible. But while she's long known the male world isn't ready for that, neither, she soon dis...

    I was lucky enough to receive a copy of Old Baggage from the publisher, it covers one of my ?favourite? moments in history, the suffragette movement. I used the term favourite very loosely because the amount of physical and emotional harm these ladies put themselves through for the...

    In 2015, British author Lissa Evans published a delightful book called "Crooked Heart". Set in the early days of WW2, the main character was a nine year old boy, Noel Bostock - old and wise before his time - who ends up in the care of a scrounger when he's evacuated from London to a to...

    Lissa Evans' novel Crooked Heart is a great favourite of mine, so I was very excited to learn that her new book, Old Baggage, is a prequel to it and centres on the character of Mattie Simpkin, a former suffragette who, in 1928, now finds herself middle-aged and, frankly, rather bored. ...

    This is a very loud book! Matty Simpkin bounds onto the page and makes herself heard wherever she is and whatever she is doing. Mattie and her friend Florrie Lee (known as The Flea) live near Hampstead Heath in The Mousehole, so called because the house was once a refuge for suffragett...

    I really enjoyed this novel which is rich in characters, humour and history. I also learned new stuff which is always a bonus. Mattie Simpkin was part of the suffragette movement and when we first meet her it is 1928 and she is looking for another outlet for her energy. Along with h...

    Matilda Simpkin used to be a Suffragette, she was imprisoned for her cause and still fights for votes for women. However in the genteel Hampstead of 1928 Mattie is a bit of a rebel without much of a cause. She lives in company with a Health Visitor, Florence Lee (The Flea), and writes ...

    Previously reviewed on The Good, The Bad, and The Unread: What?s a woman to do when the cause to which she?s given the best years of her life is now a historical curiosity to most people, and merely an incident from which to move on from to those she fought alongside? Mattie Smi...

  • Katy Noyes
    Jun 12, 2018

    It's 1928. Matilda Simpkin, rooting through a cupboard, comes across an old wooden club - an old possession of hers, unseen for more than a decade. Mattie (Matilda) was a militant during the Women's Suffrage Campaign. She has given speeches, marched, smashed windows, she's even heck...

    Mattie Simpson has appeared in a previous novel, ?Crooked Heart,? and I was delighted to meet up with her again. It is 1928 and Mattie is living in Hampstead Heath with Florrie Lee, ?the Flea.? Both were heavily involved in the suffragette movement and Mattie still gives talks ...

    In many ways the title, Old Baggage, gives a clue to themes explored in the book. For example, some of those who come into contact with Mattie Simpkin, with her no-nonsense attitude and forthright manner, would probably regard her as a bit of an ?old baggage?. Mattie believes in th...

    I've finished Old Baggage and I am bereft! This is beautiful, beautiful writing with characters that live and breathe. I loved Mattie in Crooked Heart. How wonderful to spend more time with her. I just hope we meet her again. This is a gorgeous, warm novel and I can't recommend it enou...

    What an astonishing book!! In Matilda Simpkins, there is a character with so much depth and background to explore - it's just that she has reached a point in her life where her past was a million more times exciting than her present! She used to be part of the suffragete movement a...

    Stop and think about this title of the latest book from Lissa Evans. Old Baggage, can mean different things to different people. It can be used as a description of some older lady, past her prime and of no use to anyone or society. It can be the baggage we bring from the past into t...

    Visit the locations in the novel This was such a joy to read and extremely apt and poignant in the year we?re all supporting and remembering what these woman did for us. These were the early days of feminism and women?s rights but it?s told in such a poignant, warm witty...

    In Lissa Evan?s previous novel, Crooked Heart, the reader is briefly introduced to Mattie Simpkin, an elderly lady who was once a suffragette. Old Baggage is set a decade earlier and offers further details on the life of this idiosyncratic character. Neither book relies on the other ...

    I had this book sat on my kindle for some time before I got around to reading it, but once I started I couldn't put it down and read it in three sittings over less than 24 hours. It centres around a militant suffragette, Mattie, and 'what came next' after the vote had been won and afte...

    I really enjoyed this novel. Set largely in 1928, it has as its central characters two former suffragettes, Mattie Simpkin and Florence Lea, long known as the Flea, who live together near Hampstead Heath. Florence is the practical one, who keeps the household going, and is full of unre...

    Suffragette Mattie Simpkins has dedicated her life to fighting for womens? right to vote. She has tackled politicians, stood at the forefront of protests and inspired and buoyed the hopes and aspirations of so many under her wing. Now her life, which was once pulsing with speeches (h...

    Crooked Heart was a book that I enjoyed very much so I was thrilled to see that Old Baggage had been published. You could say that it is a prequel, focusing on Mattie who was Noel's godmother. She was only in the first chapter of Crooked Heart but it was evident that she was a characte...

    Oh my. I don't often give out 5 stars but this book warrants it - if I could give it 6 I would! How Lissa Evans manages to make you care for these wonderful characters within a few pages is amazing. It was a pleasure to get to know Mattie Simpkins after the brief glimpse we got of her ...

    I fell in love with the characters in this book. Real, rounded, flawed, lovable characters that I'm still thinking about two days later. Also, I loved the sense of time and place. It's immaculate. The other thing I really like is the way that Lissa Evans doesn't spell everything out...

    This is another wonderful novel from Lissa Evans and introduces us to a younger Mattie Simpkin who we first encountered in Crooked Heart. It's 1928 and Mattie doesn't know what to do with her life. She'd been active in the Suffragette Movement, protesting, marching, being imprisoned an...

    Miss Matilda Simpkins, unmarried woman of a certain age is an educated former suffragette who prides herself on her ability to point out to others where they are going wrong with their lives. It's hard to try and recreate the busy glory days when, along with many others, they had a com...

    Lissa Evans' protagonist, the redoubtable Matilda Simpkins, sees women who don't know enough about anything to realise that they have the vote, let alone use it.  Her memories of the activities her group undertook, and the earnest young women and the camaraderie they shared, seems hol...

    I'm grateful to the publisher for an advance copy of Old Baggage. "It is 1928. Matilda Simpkin, rooting through a cupboard, comes across a small wooden club ? an old possession of hers, unseen for more than a decade..." This book is a prequel, of sorts, to Crooked Heart, in whi...

    Set in 1928 when women?s suffrage is on the cusp of being extended to women over 21, irrespective of whether or not they are property owners. It is a massive change for which women have fought over many years. Emmeline Pankhurst sadly does not live to see the day, but Mattie Simpkin ...

    Wonderful exploration of 'what suffragettes did next' combined with a comedic and touching glimpse at developing feminism and women's rights. I've read several of Evans novels for children and adults, and love her breezy, flowing style. All are very easy to fall into, with excellent...

  • Jemima Pett
    May 15, 2018

    It's 1928. Matilda Simpkin, rooting through a cupboard, comes across an old wooden club - an old possession of hers, unseen for more than a decade. Mattie (Matilda) was a militant during the Women's Suffrage Campaign. She has given speeches, marched, smashed windows, she's even heck...

    Mattie Simpson has appeared in a previous novel, ?Crooked Heart,? and I was delighted to meet up with her again. It is 1928 and Mattie is living in Hampstead Heath with Florrie Lee, ?the Flea.? Both were heavily involved in the suffragette movement and Mattie still gives talks ...

    In many ways the title, Old Baggage, gives a clue to themes explored in the book. For example, some of those who come into contact with Mattie Simpkin, with her no-nonsense attitude and forthright manner, would probably regard her as a bit of an ?old baggage?. Mattie believes in th...

    I've finished Old Baggage and I am bereft! This is beautiful, beautiful writing with characters that live and breathe. I loved Mattie in Crooked Heart. How wonderful to spend more time with her. I just hope we meet her again. This is a gorgeous, warm novel and I can't recommend it enou...

    What an astonishing book!! In Matilda Simpkins, there is a character with so much depth and background to explore - it's just that she has reached a point in her life where her past was a million more times exciting than her present! She used to be part of the suffragete movement a...

    Stop and think about this title of the latest book from Lissa Evans. Old Baggage, can mean different things to different people. It can be used as a description of some older lady, past her prime and of no use to anyone or society. It can be the baggage we bring from the past into t...

    Visit the locations in the novel This was such a joy to read and extremely apt and poignant in the year we?re all supporting and remembering what these woman did for us. These were the early days of feminism and women?s rights but it?s told in such a poignant, warm witty...

    In Lissa Evan?s previous novel, Crooked Heart, the reader is briefly introduced to Mattie Simpkin, an elderly lady who was once a suffragette. Old Baggage is set a decade earlier and offers further details on the life of this idiosyncratic character. Neither book relies on the other ...

    I had this book sat on my kindle for some time before I got around to reading it, but once I started I couldn't put it down and read it in three sittings over less than 24 hours. It centres around a militant suffragette, Mattie, and 'what came next' after the vote had been won and afte...

    I really enjoyed this novel. Set largely in 1928, it has as its central characters two former suffragettes, Mattie Simpkin and Florence Lea, long known as the Flea, who live together near Hampstead Heath. Florence is the practical one, who keeps the household going, and is full of unre...

    Suffragette Mattie Simpkins has dedicated her life to fighting for womens? right to vote. She has tackled politicians, stood at the forefront of protests and inspired and buoyed the hopes and aspirations of so many under her wing. Now her life, which was once pulsing with speeches (h...

    Crooked Heart was a book that I enjoyed very much so I was thrilled to see that Old Baggage had been published. You could say that it is a prequel, focusing on Mattie who was Noel's godmother. She was only in the first chapter of Crooked Heart but it was evident that she was a characte...

    Oh my. I don't often give out 5 stars but this book warrants it - if I could give it 6 I would! How Lissa Evans manages to make you care for these wonderful characters within a few pages is amazing. It was a pleasure to get to know Mattie Simpkins after the brief glimpse we got of her ...

    I fell in love with the characters in this book. Real, rounded, flawed, lovable characters that I'm still thinking about two days later. Also, I loved the sense of time and place. It's immaculate. The other thing I really like is the way that Lissa Evans doesn't spell everything out...

    This is another wonderful novel from Lissa Evans and introduces us to a younger Mattie Simpkin who we first encountered in Crooked Heart. It's 1928 and Mattie doesn't know what to do with her life. She'd been active in the Suffragette Movement, protesting, marching, being imprisoned an...

    Miss Matilda Simpkins, unmarried woman of a certain age is an educated former suffragette who prides herself on her ability to point out to others where they are going wrong with their lives. It's hard to try and recreate the busy glory days when, along with many others, they had a com...

    Lissa Evans' protagonist, the redoubtable Matilda Simpkins, sees women who don't know enough about anything to realise that they have the vote, let alone use it.  Her memories of the activities her group undertook, and the earnest young women and the camaraderie they shared, seems hol...

  • Cathy
    Jul 23, 2018

    It's 1928. Matilda Simpkin, rooting through a cupboard, comes across an old wooden club - an old possession of hers, unseen for more than a decade. Mattie (Matilda) was a militant during the Women's Suffrage Campaign. She has given speeches, marched, smashed windows, she's even heck...

    Mattie Simpson has appeared in a previous novel, ?Crooked Heart,? and I was delighted to meet up with her again. It is 1928 and Mattie is living in Hampstead Heath with Florrie Lee, ?the Flea.? Both were heavily involved in the suffragette movement and Mattie still gives talks ...

    In many ways the title, Old Baggage, gives a clue to themes explored in the book. For example, some of those who come into contact with Mattie Simpkin, with her no-nonsense attitude and forthright manner, would probably regard her as a bit of an ?old baggage?. Mattie believes in th...

  • Joanne Sheppard
    Jul 27, 2018

    It's 1928. Matilda Simpkin, rooting through a cupboard, comes across an old wooden club - an old possession of hers, unseen for more than a decade. Mattie (Matilda) was a militant during the Women's Suffrage Campaign. She has given speeches, marched, smashed windows, she's even heck...

    Mattie Simpson has appeared in a previous novel, ?Crooked Heart,? and I was delighted to meet up with her again. It is 1928 and Mattie is living in Hampstead Heath with Florrie Lee, ?the Flea.? Both were heavily involved in the suffragette movement and Mattie still gives talks ...

    In many ways the title, Old Baggage, gives a clue to themes explored in the book. For example, some of those who come into contact with Mattie Simpkin, with her no-nonsense attitude and forthright manner, would probably regard her as a bit of an ?old baggage?. Mattie believes in th...

    I've finished Old Baggage and I am bereft! This is beautiful, beautiful writing with characters that live and breathe. I loved Mattie in Crooked Heart. How wonderful to spend more time with her. I just hope we meet her again. This is a gorgeous, warm novel and I can't recommend it enou...

    What an astonishing book!! In Matilda Simpkins, there is a character with so much depth and background to explore - it's just that she has reached a point in her life where her past was a million more times exciting than her present! She used to be part of the suffragete movement a...

    Stop and think about this title of the latest book from Lissa Evans. Old Baggage, can mean different things to different people. It can be used as a description of some older lady, past her prime and of no use to anyone or society. It can be the baggage we bring from the past into t...

    Visit the locations in the novel This was such a joy to read and extremely apt and poignant in the year we?re all supporting and remembering what these woman did for us. These were the early days of feminism and women?s rights but it?s told in such a poignant, warm witty...

    In Lissa Evan?s previous novel, Crooked Heart, the reader is briefly introduced to Mattie Simpkin, an elderly lady who was once a suffragette. Old Baggage is set a decade earlier and offers further details on the life of this idiosyncratic character. Neither book relies on the other ...

    I had this book sat on my kindle for some time before I got around to reading it, but once I started I couldn't put it down and read it in three sittings over less than 24 hours. It centres around a militant suffragette, Mattie, and 'what came next' after the vote had been won and afte...

    I really enjoyed this novel. Set largely in 1928, it has as its central characters two former suffragettes, Mattie Simpkin and Florence Lea, long known as the Flea, who live together near Hampstead Heath. Florence is the practical one, who keeps the household going, and is full of unre...

    Suffragette Mattie Simpkins has dedicated her life to fighting for womens? right to vote. She has tackled politicians, stood at the forefront of protests and inspired and buoyed the hopes and aspirations of so many under her wing. Now her life, which was once pulsing with speeches (h...

    Crooked Heart was a book that I enjoyed very much so I was thrilled to see that Old Baggage had been published. You could say that it is a prequel, focusing on Mattie who was Noel's godmother. She was only in the first chapter of Crooked Heart but it was evident that she was a characte...

    Oh my. I don't often give out 5 stars but this book warrants it - if I could give it 6 I would! How Lissa Evans manages to make you care for these wonderful characters within a few pages is amazing. It was a pleasure to get to know Mattie Simpkins after the brief glimpse we got of her ...

    I fell in love with the characters in this book. Real, rounded, flawed, lovable characters that I'm still thinking about two days later. Also, I loved the sense of time and place. It's immaculate. The other thing I really like is the way that Lissa Evans doesn't spell everything out...

    This is another wonderful novel from Lissa Evans and introduces us to a younger Mattie Simpkin who we first encountered in Crooked Heart. It's 1928 and Mattie doesn't know what to do with her life. She'd been active in the Suffragette Movement, protesting, marching, being imprisoned an...

    Miss Matilda Simpkins, unmarried woman of a certain age is an educated former suffragette who prides herself on her ability to point out to others where they are going wrong with their lives. It's hard to try and recreate the busy glory days when, along with many others, they had a com...

    Lissa Evans' protagonist, the redoubtable Matilda Simpkins, sees women who don't know enough about anything to realise that they have the vote, let alone use it.  Her memories of the activities her group undertook, and the earnest young women and the camaraderie they shared, seems hol...

    I'm grateful to the publisher for an advance copy of Old Baggage. "It is 1928. Matilda Simpkin, rooting through a cupboard, comes across a small wooden club ? an old possession of hers, unseen for more than a decade..." This book is a prequel, of sorts, to Crooked Heart, in whi...

    Set in 1928 when women?s suffrage is on the cusp of being extended to women over 21, irrespective of whether or not they are property owners. It is a massive change for which women have fought over many years. Emmeline Pankhurst sadly does not live to see the day, but Mattie Simpkin ...

    Wonderful exploration of 'what suffragettes did next' combined with a comedic and touching glimpse at developing feminism and women's rights. I've read several of Evans novels for children and adults, and love her breezy, flowing style. All are very easy to fall into, with excellent...

    The late 1920s, and Mattie is still fairly well-known as having been one of the suffragettes. There's still a chance of the law being changed soon, too, so that universal suffrage is finally possible. But while she's long known the male world isn't ready for that, neither, she soon dis...

    I was lucky enough to receive a copy of Old Baggage from the publisher, it covers one of my ?favourite? moments in history, the suffragette movement. I used the term favourite very loosely because the amount of physical and emotional harm these ladies put themselves through for the...

    In 2015, British author Lissa Evans published a delightful book called "Crooked Heart". Set in the early days of WW2, the main character was a nine year old boy, Noel Bostock - old and wise before his time - who ends up in the care of a scrounger when he's evacuated from London to a to...

    Lissa Evans' novel Crooked Heart is a great favourite of mine, so I was very excited to learn that her new book, Old Baggage, is a prequel to it and centres on the character of Mattie Simpkin, a former suffragette who, in 1928, now finds herself middle-aged and, frankly, rather bored. ...

  • Carolyn
    Jul 08, 2018

    It's 1928. Matilda Simpkin, rooting through a cupboard, comes across an old wooden club - an old possession of hers, unseen for more than a decade. Mattie (Matilda) was a militant during the Women's Suffrage Campaign. She has given speeches, marched, smashed windows, she's even heck...

    Mattie Simpson has appeared in a previous novel, ?Crooked Heart,? and I was delighted to meet up with her again. It is 1928 and Mattie is living in Hampstead Heath with Florrie Lee, ?the Flea.? Both were heavily involved in the suffragette movement and Mattie still gives talks ...

    In many ways the title, Old Baggage, gives a clue to themes explored in the book. For example, some of those who come into contact with Mattie Simpkin, with her no-nonsense attitude and forthright manner, would probably regard her as a bit of an ?old baggage?. Mattie believes in th...

    I've finished Old Baggage and I am bereft! This is beautiful, beautiful writing with characters that live and breathe. I loved Mattie in Crooked Heart. How wonderful to spend more time with her. I just hope we meet her again. This is a gorgeous, warm novel and I can't recommend it enou...

    What an astonishing book!! In Matilda Simpkins, there is a character with so much depth and background to explore - it's just that she has reached a point in her life where her past was a million more times exciting than her present! She used to be part of the suffragete movement a...

    Stop and think about this title of the latest book from Lissa Evans. Old Baggage, can mean different things to different people. It can be used as a description of some older lady, past her prime and of no use to anyone or society. It can be the baggage we bring from the past into t...

    Visit the locations in the novel This was such a joy to read and extremely apt and poignant in the year we?re all supporting and remembering what these woman did for us. These were the early days of feminism and women?s rights but it?s told in such a poignant, warm witty...

    In Lissa Evan?s previous novel, Crooked Heart, the reader is briefly introduced to Mattie Simpkin, an elderly lady who was once a suffragette. Old Baggage is set a decade earlier and offers further details on the life of this idiosyncratic character. Neither book relies on the other ...

    I had this book sat on my kindle for some time before I got around to reading it, but once I started I couldn't put it down and read it in three sittings over less than 24 hours. It centres around a militant suffragette, Mattie, and 'what came next' after the vote had been won and afte...

  • Barbara Scott-Emmett
    Jul 06, 2018

    It's 1928. Matilda Simpkin, rooting through a cupboard, comes across an old wooden club - an old possession of hers, unseen for more than a decade. Mattie (Matilda) was a militant during the Women's Suffrage Campaign. She has given speeches, marched, smashed windows, she's even heck...

    Mattie Simpson has appeared in a previous novel, ?Crooked Heart,? and I was delighted to meet up with her again. It is 1928 and Mattie is living in Hampstead Heath with Florrie Lee, ?the Flea.? Both were heavily involved in the suffragette movement and Mattie still gives talks ...

    In many ways the title, Old Baggage, gives a clue to themes explored in the book. For example, some of those who come into contact with Mattie Simpkin, with her no-nonsense attitude and forthright manner, would probably regard her as a bit of an ?old baggage?. Mattie believes in th...

    I've finished Old Baggage and I am bereft! This is beautiful, beautiful writing with characters that live and breathe. I loved Mattie in Crooked Heart. How wonderful to spend more time with her. I just hope we meet her again. This is a gorgeous, warm novel and I can't recommend it enou...

    What an astonishing book!! In Matilda Simpkins, there is a character with so much depth and background to explore - it's just that she has reached a point in her life where her past was a million more times exciting than her present! She used to be part of the suffragete movement a...

    Stop and think about this title of the latest book from Lissa Evans. Old Baggage, can mean different things to different people. It can be used as a description of some older lady, past her prime and of no use to anyone or society. It can be the baggage we bring from the past into t...

    Visit the locations in the novel This was such a joy to read and extremely apt and poignant in the year we?re all supporting and remembering what these woman did for us. These were the early days of feminism and women?s rights but it?s told in such a poignant, warm witty...

    In Lissa Evan?s previous novel, Crooked Heart, the reader is briefly introduced to Mattie Simpkin, an elderly lady who was once a suffragette. Old Baggage is set a decade earlier and offers further details on the life of this idiosyncratic character. Neither book relies on the other ...

    I had this book sat on my kindle for some time before I got around to reading it, but once I started I couldn't put it down and read it in three sittings over less than 24 hours. It centres around a militant suffragette, Mattie, and 'what came next' after the vote had been won and afte...

    I really enjoyed this novel. Set largely in 1928, it has as its central characters two former suffragettes, Mattie Simpkin and Florence Lea, long known as the Flea, who live together near Hampstead Heath. Florence is the practical one, who keeps the household going, and is full of unre...

    Suffragette Mattie Simpkins has dedicated her life to fighting for womens? right to vote. She has tackled politicians, stood at the forefront of protests and inspired and buoyed the hopes and aspirations of so many under her wing. Now her life, which was once pulsing with speeches (h...

    Crooked Heart was a book that I enjoyed very much so I was thrilled to see that Old Baggage had been published. You could say that it is a prequel, focusing on Mattie who was Noel's godmother. She was only in the first chapter of Crooked Heart but it was evident that she was a characte...

    Oh my. I don't often give out 5 stars but this book warrants it - if I could give it 6 I would! How Lissa Evans manages to make you care for these wonderful characters within a few pages is amazing. It was a pleasure to get to know Mattie Simpkins after the brief glimpse we got of her ...

    I fell in love with the characters in this book. Real, rounded, flawed, lovable characters that I'm still thinking about two days later. Also, I loved the sense of time and place. It's immaculate. The other thing I really like is the way that Lissa Evans doesn't spell everything out...

    This is another wonderful novel from Lissa Evans and introduces us to a younger Mattie Simpkin who we first encountered in Crooked Heart. It's 1928 and Mattie doesn't know what to do with her life. She'd been active in the Suffragette Movement, protesting, marching, being imprisoned an...

    Miss Matilda Simpkins, unmarried woman of a certain age is an educated former suffragette who prides herself on her ability to point out to others where they are going wrong with their lives. It's hard to try and recreate the busy glory days when, along with many others, they had a com...

    Lissa Evans' protagonist, the redoubtable Matilda Simpkins, sees women who don't know enough about anything to realise that they have the vote, let alone use it.  Her memories of the activities her group undertook, and the earnest young women and the camaraderie they shared, seems hol...

    I'm grateful to the publisher for an advance copy of Old Baggage. "It is 1928. Matilda Simpkin, rooting through a cupboard, comes across a small wooden club ? an old possession of hers, unseen for more than a decade..." This book is a prequel, of sorts, to Crooked Heart, in whi...

    Set in 1928 when women?s suffrage is on the cusp of being extended to women over 21, irrespective of whether or not they are property owners. It is a massive change for which women have fought over many years. Emmeline Pankhurst sadly does not live to see the day, but Mattie Simpkin ...

    Wonderful exploration of 'what suffragettes did next' combined with a comedic and touching glimpse at developing feminism and women's rights. I've read several of Evans novels for children and adults, and love her breezy, flowing style. All are very easy to fall into, with excellent...

    The late 1920s, and Mattie is still fairly well-known as having been one of the suffragettes. There's still a chance of the law being changed soon, too, so that universal suffrage is finally possible. But while she's long known the male world isn't ready for that, neither, she soon dis...

    I was lucky enough to receive a copy of Old Baggage from the publisher, it covers one of my ?favourite? moments in history, the suffragette movement. I used the term favourite very loosely because the amount of physical and emotional harm these ladies put themselves through for the...

    In 2015, British author Lissa Evans published a delightful book called "Crooked Heart". Set in the early days of WW2, the main character was a nine year old boy, Noel Bostock - old and wise before his time - who ends up in the care of a scrounger when he's evacuated from London to a to...

    Lissa Evans' novel Crooked Heart is a great favourite of mine, so I was very excited to learn that her new book, Old Baggage, is a prequel to it and centres on the character of Mattie Simpkin, a former suffragette who, in 1928, now finds herself middle-aged and, frankly, rather bored. ...

    This is a very loud book! Matty Simpkin bounds onto the page and makes herself heard wherever she is and whatever she is doing. Mattie and her friend Florrie Lee (known as The Flea) live near Hampstead Heath in The Mousehole, so called because the house was once a refuge for suffragett...

  • Helen Eddon
    May 27, 2018

    It's 1928. Matilda Simpkin, rooting through a cupboard, comes across an old wooden club - an old possession of hers, unseen for more than a decade. Mattie (Matilda) was a militant during the Women's Suffrage Campaign. She has given speeches, marched, smashed windows, she's even heck...

    Mattie Simpson has appeared in a previous novel, ?Crooked Heart,? and I was delighted to meet up with her again. It is 1928 and Mattie is living in Hampstead Heath with Florrie Lee, ?the Flea.? Both were heavily involved in the suffragette movement and Mattie still gives talks ...

    In many ways the title, Old Baggage, gives a clue to themes explored in the book. For example, some of those who come into contact with Mattie Simpkin, with her no-nonsense attitude and forthright manner, would probably regard her as a bit of an ?old baggage?. Mattie believes in th...

    I've finished Old Baggage and I am bereft! This is beautiful, beautiful writing with characters that live and breathe. I loved Mattie in Crooked Heart. How wonderful to spend more time with her. I just hope we meet her again. This is a gorgeous, warm novel and I can't recommend it enou...

    What an astonishing book!! In Matilda Simpkins, there is a character with so much depth and background to explore - it's just that she has reached a point in her life where her past was a million more times exciting than her present! She used to be part of the suffragete movement a...

    Stop and think about this title of the latest book from Lissa Evans. Old Baggage, can mean different things to different people. It can be used as a description of some older lady, past her prime and of no use to anyone or society. It can be the baggage we bring from the past into t...

    Visit the locations in the novel This was such a joy to read and extremely apt and poignant in the year we?re all supporting and remembering what these woman did for us. These were the early days of feminism and women?s rights but it?s told in such a poignant, warm witty...

    In Lissa Evan?s previous novel, Crooked Heart, the reader is briefly introduced to Mattie Simpkin, an elderly lady who was once a suffragette. Old Baggage is set a decade earlier and offers further details on the life of this idiosyncratic character. Neither book relies on the other ...

    I had this book sat on my kindle for some time before I got around to reading it, but once I started I couldn't put it down and read it in three sittings over less than 24 hours. It centres around a militant suffragette, Mattie, and 'what came next' after the vote had been won and afte...

    I really enjoyed this novel. Set largely in 1928, it has as its central characters two former suffragettes, Mattie Simpkin and Florence Lea, long known as the Flea, who live together near Hampstead Heath. Florence is the practical one, who keeps the household going, and is full of unre...

    Suffragette Mattie Simpkins has dedicated her life to fighting for womens? right to vote. She has tackled politicians, stood at the forefront of protests and inspired and buoyed the hopes and aspirations of so many under her wing. Now her life, which was once pulsing with speeches (h...

    Crooked Heart was a book that I enjoyed very much so I was thrilled to see that Old Baggage had been published. You could say that it is a prequel, focusing on Mattie who was Noel's godmother. She was only in the first chapter of Crooked Heart but it was evident that she was a characte...

    Oh my. I don't often give out 5 stars but this book warrants it - if I could give it 6 I would! How Lissa Evans manages to make you care for these wonderful characters within a few pages is amazing. It was a pleasure to get to know Mattie Simpkins after the brief glimpse we got of her ...

    I fell in love with the characters in this book. Real, rounded, flawed, lovable characters that I'm still thinking about two days later. Also, I loved the sense of time and place. It's immaculate. The other thing I really like is the way that Lissa Evans doesn't spell everything out...

    This is another wonderful novel from Lissa Evans and introduces us to a younger Mattie Simpkin who we first encountered in Crooked Heart. It's 1928 and Mattie doesn't know what to do with her life. She'd been active in the Suffragette Movement, protesting, marching, being imprisoned an...

  • Stephanie
    Jul 19, 2018

    It's 1928. Matilda Simpkin, rooting through a cupboard, comes across an old wooden club - an old possession of hers, unseen for more than a decade. Mattie (Matilda) was a militant during the Women's Suffrage Campaign. She has given speeches, marched, smashed windows, she's even heck...

    Mattie Simpson has appeared in a previous novel, ?Crooked Heart,? and I was delighted to meet up with her again. It is 1928 and Mattie is living in Hampstead Heath with Florrie Lee, ?the Flea.? Both were heavily involved in the suffragette movement and Mattie still gives talks ...

    In many ways the title, Old Baggage, gives a clue to themes explored in the book. For example, some of those who come into contact with Mattie Simpkin, with her no-nonsense attitude and forthright manner, would probably regard her as a bit of an ?old baggage?. Mattie believes in th...

    I've finished Old Baggage and I am bereft! This is beautiful, beautiful writing with characters that live and breathe. I loved Mattie in Crooked Heart. How wonderful to spend more time with her. I just hope we meet her again. This is a gorgeous, warm novel and I can't recommend it enou...

    What an astonishing book!! In Matilda Simpkins, there is a character with so much depth and background to explore - it's just that she has reached a point in her life where her past was a million more times exciting than her present! She used to be part of the suffragete movement a...

    Stop and think about this title of the latest book from Lissa Evans. Old Baggage, can mean different things to different people. It can be used as a description of some older lady, past her prime and of no use to anyone or society. It can be the baggage we bring from the past into t...

    Visit the locations in the novel This was such a joy to read and extremely apt and poignant in the year we?re all supporting and remembering what these woman did for us. These were the early days of feminism and women?s rights but it?s told in such a poignant, warm witty...

    In Lissa Evan?s previous novel, Crooked Heart, the reader is briefly introduced to Mattie Simpkin, an elderly lady who was once a suffragette. Old Baggage is set a decade earlier and offers further details on the life of this idiosyncratic character. Neither book relies on the other ...

    I had this book sat on my kindle for some time before I got around to reading it, but once I started I couldn't put it down and read it in three sittings over less than 24 hours. It centres around a militant suffragette, Mattie, and 'what came next' after the vote had been won and afte...

    I really enjoyed this novel. Set largely in 1928, it has as its central characters two former suffragettes, Mattie Simpkin and Florence Lea, long known as the Flea, who live together near Hampstead Heath. Florence is the practical one, who keeps the household going, and is full of unre...

    Suffragette Mattie Simpkins has dedicated her life to fighting for womens? right to vote. She has tackled politicians, stood at the forefront of protests and inspired and buoyed the hopes and aspirations of so many under her wing. Now her life, which was once pulsing with speeches (h...

    Crooked Heart was a book that I enjoyed very much so I was thrilled to see that Old Baggage had been published. You could say that it is a prequel, focusing on Mattie who was Noel's godmother. She was only in the first chapter of Crooked Heart but it was evident that she was a characte...

  • Grace J Reviewerlady
    Jun 12, 2018

    It's 1928. Matilda Simpkin, rooting through a cupboard, comes across an old wooden club - an old possession of hers, unseen for more than a decade. Mattie (Matilda) was a militant during the Women's Suffrage Campaign. She has given speeches, marched, smashed windows, she's even heck...

    Mattie Simpson has appeared in a previous novel, ?Crooked Heart,? and I was delighted to meet up with her again. It is 1928 and Mattie is living in Hampstead Heath with Florrie Lee, ?the Flea.? Both were heavily involved in the suffragette movement and Mattie still gives talks ...

    In many ways the title, Old Baggage, gives a clue to themes explored in the book. For example, some of those who come into contact with Mattie Simpkin, with her no-nonsense attitude and forthright manner, would probably regard her as a bit of an ?old baggage?. Mattie believes in th...

    I've finished Old Baggage and I am bereft! This is beautiful, beautiful writing with characters that live and breathe. I loved Mattie in Crooked Heart. How wonderful to spend more time with her. I just hope we meet her again. This is a gorgeous, warm novel and I can't recommend it enou...

    What an astonishing book!! In Matilda Simpkins, there is a character with so much depth and background to explore - it's just that she has reached a point in her life where her past was a million more times exciting than her present! She used to be part of the suffragete movement a...

    Stop and think about this title of the latest book from Lissa Evans. Old Baggage, can mean different things to different people. It can be used as a description of some older lady, past her prime and of no use to anyone or society. It can be the baggage we bring from the past into t...

    Visit the locations in the novel This was such a joy to read and extremely apt and poignant in the year we?re all supporting and remembering what these woman did for us. These were the early days of feminism and women?s rights but it?s told in such a poignant, warm witty...

    In Lissa Evan?s previous novel, Crooked Heart, the reader is briefly introduced to Mattie Simpkin, an elderly lady who was once a suffragette. Old Baggage is set a decade earlier and offers further details on the life of this idiosyncratic character. Neither book relies on the other ...

    I had this book sat on my kindle for some time before I got around to reading it, but once I started I couldn't put it down and read it in three sittings over less than 24 hours. It centres around a militant suffragette, Mattie, and 'what came next' after the vote had been won and afte...

    I really enjoyed this novel. Set largely in 1928, it has as its central characters two former suffragettes, Mattie Simpkin and Florence Lea, long known as the Flea, who live together near Hampstead Heath. Florence is the practical one, who keeps the household going, and is full of unre...

    Suffragette Mattie Simpkins has dedicated her life to fighting for womens? right to vote. She has tackled politicians, stood at the forefront of protests and inspired and buoyed the hopes and aspirations of so many under her wing. Now her life, which was once pulsing with speeches (h...

    Crooked Heart was a book that I enjoyed very much so I was thrilled to see that Old Baggage had been published. You could say that it is a prequel, focusing on Mattie who was Noel's godmother. She was only in the first chapter of Crooked Heart but it was evident that she was a characte...

    Oh my. I don't often give out 5 stars but this book warrants it - if I could give it 6 I would! How Lissa Evans manages to make you care for these wonderful characters within a few pages is amazing. It was a pleasure to get to know Mattie Simpkins after the brief glimpse we got of her ...

    I fell in love with the characters in this book. Real, rounded, flawed, lovable characters that I'm still thinking about two days later. Also, I loved the sense of time and place. It's immaculate. The other thing I really like is the way that Lissa Evans doesn't spell everything out...

    This is another wonderful novel from Lissa Evans and introduces us to a younger Mattie Simpkin who we first encountered in Crooked Heart. It's 1928 and Mattie doesn't know what to do with her life. She'd been active in the Suffragette Movement, protesting, marching, being imprisoned an...

    Miss Matilda Simpkins, unmarried woman of a certain age is an educated former suffragette who prides herself on her ability to point out to others where they are going wrong with their lives. It's hard to try and recreate the busy glory days when, along with many others, they had a com...

  • Jackie Law
    May 10, 2018

    It's 1928. Matilda Simpkin, rooting through a cupboard, comes across an old wooden club - an old possession of hers, unseen for more than a decade. Mattie (Matilda) was a militant during the Women's Suffrage Campaign. She has given speeches, marched, smashed windows, she's even heck...

    Mattie Simpson has appeared in a previous novel, ?Crooked Heart,? and I was delighted to meet up with her again. It is 1928 and Mattie is living in Hampstead Heath with Florrie Lee, ?the Flea.? Both were heavily involved in the suffragette movement and Mattie still gives talks ...

    In many ways the title, Old Baggage, gives a clue to themes explored in the book. For example, some of those who come into contact with Mattie Simpkin, with her no-nonsense attitude and forthright manner, would probably regard her as a bit of an ?old baggage?. Mattie believes in th...

    I've finished Old Baggage and I am bereft! This is beautiful, beautiful writing with characters that live and breathe. I loved Mattie in Crooked Heart. How wonderful to spend more time with her. I just hope we meet her again. This is a gorgeous, warm novel and I can't recommend it enou...

    What an astonishing book!! In Matilda Simpkins, there is a character with so much depth and background to explore - it's just that she has reached a point in her life where her past was a million more times exciting than her present! She used to be part of the suffragete movement a...

    Stop and think about this title of the latest book from Lissa Evans. Old Baggage, can mean different things to different people. It can be used as a description of some older lady, past her prime and of no use to anyone or society. It can be the baggage we bring from the past into t...

    Visit the locations in the novel This was such a joy to read and extremely apt and poignant in the year we?re all supporting and remembering what these woman did for us. These were the early days of feminism and women?s rights but it?s told in such a poignant, warm witty...

    In Lissa Evan?s previous novel, Crooked Heart, the reader is briefly introduced to Mattie Simpkin, an elderly lady who was once a suffragette. Old Baggage is set a decade earlier and offers further details on the life of this idiosyncratic character. Neither book relies on the other ...

  • Jill Meyer
    Jul 07, 2018

    It's 1928. Matilda Simpkin, rooting through a cupboard, comes across an old wooden club - an old possession of hers, unseen for more than a decade. Mattie (Matilda) was a militant during the Women's Suffrage Campaign. She has given speeches, marched, smashed windows, she's even heck...

    Mattie Simpson has appeared in a previous novel, ?Crooked Heart,? and I was delighted to meet up with her again. It is 1928 and Mattie is living in Hampstead Heath with Florrie Lee, ?the Flea.? Both were heavily involved in the suffragette movement and Mattie still gives talks ...

    In many ways the title, Old Baggage, gives a clue to themes explored in the book. For example, some of those who come into contact with Mattie Simpkin, with her no-nonsense attitude and forthright manner, would probably regard her as a bit of an ?old baggage?. Mattie believes in th...

    I've finished Old Baggage and I am bereft! This is beautiful, beautiful writing with characters that live and breathe. I loved Mattie in Crooked Heart. How wonderful to spend more time with her. I just hope we meet her again. This is a gorgeous, warm novel and I can't recommend it enou...

    What an astonishing book!! In Matilda Simpkins, there is a character with so much depth and background to explore - it's just that she has reached a point in her life where her past was a million more times exciting than her present! She used to be part of the suffragete movement a...

    Stop and think about this title of the latest book from Lissa Evans. Old Baggage, can mean different things to different people. It can be used as a description of some older lady, past her prime and of no use to anyone or society. It can be the baggage we bring from the past into t...

    Visit the locations in the novel This was such a joy to read and extremely apt and poignant in the year we?re all supporting and remembering what these woman did for us. These were the early days of feminism and women?s rights but it?s told in such a poignant, warm witty...

    In Lissa Evan?s previous novel, Crooked Heart, the reader is briefly introduced to Mattie Simpkin, an elderly lady who was once a suffragette. Old Baggage is set a decade earlier and offers further details on the life of this idiosyncratic character. Neither book relies on the other ...

    I had this book sat on my kindle for some time before I got around to reading it, but once I started I couldn't put it down and read it in three sittings over less than 24 hours. It centres around a militant suffragette, Mattie, and 'what came next' after the vote had been won and afte...

    I really enjoyed this novel. Set largely in 1928, it has as its central characters two former suffragettes, Mattie Simpkin and Florence Lea, long known as the Flea, who live together near Hampstead Heath. Florence is the practical one, who keeps the household going, and is full of unre...

    Suffragette Mattie Simpkins has dedicated her life to fighting for womens? right to vote. She has tackled politicians, stood at the forefront of protests and inspired and buoyed the hopes and aspirations of so many under her wing. Now her life, which was once pulsing with speeches (h...

    Crooked Heart was a book that I enjoyed very much so I was thrilled to see that Old Baggage had been published. You could say that it is a prequel, focusing on Mattie who was Noel's godmother. She was only in the first chapter of Crooked Heart but it was evident that she was a characte...

    Oh my. I don't often give out 5 stars but this book warrants it - if I could give it 6 I would! How Lissa Evans manages to make you care for these wonderful characters within a few pages is amazing. It was a pleasure to get to know Mattie Simpkins after the brief glimpse we got of her ...

    I fell in love with the characters in this book. Real, rounded, flawed, lovable characters that I'm still thinking about two days later. Also, I loved the sense of time and place. It's immaculate. The other thing I really like is the way that Lissa Evans doesn't spell everything out...

    This is another wonderful novel from Lissa Evans and introduces us to a younger Mattie Simpkin who we first encountered in Crooked Heart. It's 1928 and Mattie doesn't know what to do with her life. She'd been active in the Suffragette Movement, protesting, marching, being imprisoned an...

    Miss Matilda Simpkins, unmarried woman of a certain age is an educated former suffragette who prides herself on her ability to point out to others where they are going wrong with their lives. It's hard to try and recreate the busy glory days when, along with many others, they had a com...

    Lissa Evans' protagonist, the redoubtable Matilda Simpkins, sees women who don't know enough about anything to realise that they have the vote, let alone use it.  Her memories of the activities her group undertook, and the earnest young women and the camaraderie they shared, seems hol...

    I'm grateful to the publisher for an advance copy of Old Baggage. "It is 1928. Matilda Simpkin, rooting through a cupboard, comes across a small wooden club ? an old possession of hers, unseen for more than a decade..." This book is a prequel, of sorts, to Crooked Heart, in whi...

    Set in 1928 when women?s suffrage is on the cusp of being extended to women over 21, irrespective of whether or not they are property owners. It is a massive change for which women have fought over many years. Emmeline Pankhurst sadly does not live to see the day, but Mattie Simpkin ...

    Wonderful exploration of 'what suffragettes did next' combined with a comedic and touching glimpse at developing feminism and women's rights. I've read several of Evans novels for children and adults, and love her breezy, flowing style. All are very easy to fall into, with excellent...

    The late 1920s, and Mattie is still fairly well-known as having been one of the suffragettes. There's still a chance of the law being changed soon, too, so that universal suffrage is finally possible. But while she's long known the male world isn't ready for that, neither, she soon dis...

    I was lucky enough to receive a copy of Old Baggage from the publisher, it covers one of my ?favourite? moments in history, the suffragette movement. I used the term favourite very loosely because the amount of physical and emotional harm these ladies put themselves through for the...

    In 2015, British author Lissa Evans published a delightful book called "Crooked Heart". Set in the early days of WW2, the main character was a nine year old boy, Noel Bostock - old and wise before his time - who ends up in the care of a scrounger when he's evacuated from London to a to...

  • David Harris
    Jun 11, 2018

    It's 1928. Matilda Simpkin, rooting through a cupboard, comes across an old wooden club - an old possession of hers, unseen for more than a decade. Mattie (Matilda) was a militant during the Women's Suffrage Campaign. She has given speeches, marched, smashed windows, she's even heck...

    Mattie Simpson has appeared in a previous novel, ?Crooked Heart,? and I was delighted to meet up with her again. It is 1928 and Mattie is living in Hampstead Heath with Florrie Lee, ?the Flea.? Both were heavily involved in the suffragette movement and Mattie still gives talks ...

    In many ways the title, Old Baggage, gives a clue to themes explored in the book. For example, some of those who come into contact with Mattie Simpkin, with her no-nonsense attitude and forthright manner, would probably regard her as a bit of an ?old baggage?. Mattie believes in th...

    I've finished Old Baggage and I am bereft! This is beautiful, beautiful writing with characters that live and breathe. I loved Mattie in Crooked Heart. How wonderful to spend more time with her. I just hope we meet her again. This is a gorgeous, warm novel and I can't recommend it enou...

    What an astonishing book!! In Matilda Simpkins, there is a character with so much depth and background to explore - it's just that she has reached a point in her life where her past was a million more times exciting than her present! She used to be part of the suffragete movement a...

    Stop and think about this title of the latest book from Lissa Evans. Old Baggage, can mean different things to different people. It can be used as a description of some older lady, past her prime and of no use to anyone or society. It can be the baggage we bring from the past into t...

    Visit the locations in the novel This was such a joy to read and extremely apt and poignant in the year we?re all supporting and remembering what these woman did for us. These were the early days of feminism and women?s rights but it?s told in such a poignant, warm witty...

    In Lissa Evan?s previous novel, Crooked Heart, the reader is briefly introduced to Mattie Simpkin, an elderly lady who was once a suffragette. Old Baggage is set a decade earlier and offers further details on the life of this idiosyncratic character. Neither book relies on the other ...

    I had this book sat on my kindle for some time before I got around to reading it, but once I started I couldn't put it down and read it in three sittings over less than 24 hours. It centres around a militant suffragette, Mattie, and 'what came next' after the vote had been won and afte...

    I really enjoyed this novel. Set largely in 1928, it has as its central characters two former suffragettes, Mattie Simpkin and Florence Lea, long known as the Flea, who live together near Hampstead Heath. Florence is the practical one, who keeps the household going, and is full of unre...

    Suffragette Mattie Simpkins has dedicated her life to fighting for womens? right to vote. She has tackled politicians, stood at the forefront of protests and inspired and buoyed the hopes and aspirations of so many under her wing. Now her life, which was once pulsing with speeches (h...

    Crooked Heart was a book that I enjoyed very much so I was thrilled to see that Old Baggage had been published. You could say that it is a prequel, focusing on Mattie who was Noel's godmother. She was only in the first chapter of Crooked Heart but it was evident that she was a characte...

    Oh my. I don't often give out 5 stars but this book warrants it - if I could give it 6 I would! How Lissa Evans manages to make you care for these wonderful characters within a few pages is amazing. It was a pleasure to get to know Mattie Simpkins after the brief glimpse we got of her ...

    I fell in love with the characters in this book. Real, rounded, flawed, lovable characters that I'm still thinking about two days later. Also, I loved the sense of time and place. It's immaculate. The other thing I really like is the way that Lissa Evans doesn't spell everything out...

    This is another wonderful novel from Lissa Evans and introduces us to a younger Mattie Simpkin who we first encountered in Crooked Heart. It's 1928 and Mattie doesn't know what to do with her life. She'd been active in the Suffragette Movement, protesting, marching, being imprisoned an...

    Miss Matilda Simpkins, unmarried woman of a certain age is an educated former suffragette who prides herself on her ability to point out to others where they are going wrong with their lives. It's hard to try and recreate the busy glory days when, along with many others, they had a com...

    Lissa Evans' protagonist, the redoubtable Matilda Simpkins, sees women who don't know enough about anything to realise that they have the vote, let alone use it.  Her memories of the activities her group undertook, and the earnest young women and the camaraderie they shared, seems hol...

    I'm grateful to the publisher for an advance copy of Old Baggage. "It is 1928. Matilda Simpkin, rooting through a cupboard, comes across a small wooden club ? an old possession of hers, unseen for more than a decade..." This book is a prequel, of sorts, to Crooked Heart, in whi...

  • Mary
    Apr 29, 2018

    It's 1928. Matilda Simpkin, rooting through a cupboard, comes across an old wooden club - an old possession of hers, unseen for more than a decade. Mattie (Matilda) was a militant during the Women's Suffrage Campaign. She has given speeches, marched, smashed windows, she's even heck...

    Mattie Simpson has appeared in a previous novel, ?Crooked Heart,? and I was delighted to meet up with her again. It is 1928 and Mattie is living in Hampstead Heath with Florrie Lee, ?the Flea.? Both were heavily involved in the suffragette movement and Mattie still gives talks ...

    In many ways the title, Old Baggage, gives a clue to themes explored in the book. For example, some of those who come into contact with Mattie Simpkin, with her no-nonsense attitude and forthright manner, would probably regard her as a bit of an ?old baggage?. Mattie believes in th...

    I've finished Old Baggage and I am bereft! This is beautiful, beautiful writing with characters that live and breathe. I loved Mattie in Crooked Heart. How wonderful to spend more time with her. I just hope we meet her again. This is a gorgeous, warm novel and I can't recommend it enou...

    What an astonishing book!! In Matilda Simpkins, there is a character with so much depth and background to explore - it's just that she has reached a point in her life where her past was a million more times exciting than her present! She used to be part of the suffragete movement a...

    Stop and think about this title of the latest book from Lissa Evans. Old Baggage, can mean different things to different people. It can be used as a description of some older lady, past her prime and of no use to anyone or society. It can be the baggage we bring from the past into t...

    Visit the locations in the novel This was such a joy to read and extremely apt and poignant in the year we?re all supporting and remembering what these woman did for us. These were the early days of feminism and women?s rights but it?s told in such a poignant, warm witty...

    In Lissa Evan?s previous novel, Crooked Heart, the reader is briefly introduced to Mattie Simpkin, an elderly lady who was once a suffragette. Old Baggage is set a decade earlier and offers further details on the life of this idiosyncratic character. Neither book relies on the other ...

    I had this book sat on my kindle for some time before I got around to reading it, but once I started I couldn't put it down and read it in three sittings over less than 24 hours. It centres around a militant suffragette, Mattie, and 'what came next' after the vote had been won and afte...

    I really enjoyed this novel. Set largely in 1928, it has as its central characters two former suffragettes, Mattie Simpkin and Florence Lea, long known as the Flea, who live together near Hampstead Heath. Florence is the practical one, who keeps the household going, and is full of unre...

    Suffragette Mattie Simpkins has dedicated her life to fighting for womens? right to vote. She has tackled politicians, stood at the forefront of protests and inspired and buoyed the hopes and aspirations of so many under her wing. Now her life, which was once pulsing with speeches (h...

    Crooked Heart was a book that I enjoyed very much so I was thrilled to see that Old Baggage had been published. You could say that it is a prequel, focusing on Mattie who was Noel's godmother. She was only in the first chapter of Crooked Heart but it was evident that she was a characte...

    Oh my. I don't often give out 5 stars but this book warrants it - if I could give it 6 I would! How Lissa Evans manages to make you care for these wonderful characters within a few pages is amazing. It was a pleasure to get to know Mattie Simpkins after the brief glimpse we got of her ...

    I fell in love with the characters in this book. Real, rounded, flawed, lovable characters that I'm still thinking about two days later. Also, I loved the sense of time and place. It's immaculate. The other thing I really like is the way that Lissa Evans doesn't spell everything out...

    This is another wonderful novel from Lissa Evans and introduces us to a younger Mattie Simpkin who we first encountered in Crooked Heart. It's 1928 and Mattie doesn't know what to do with her life. She'd been active in the Suffragette Movement, protesting, marching, being imprisoned an...

    Miss Matilda Simpkins, unmarried woman of a certain age is an educated former suffragette who prides herself on her ability to point out to others where they are going wrong with their lives. It's hard to try and recreate the busy glory days when, along with many others, they had a com...

    Lissa Evans' protagonist, the redoubtable Matilda Simpkins, sees women who don't know enough about anything to realise that they have the vote, let alone use it.  Her memories of the activities her group undertook, and the earnest young women and the camaraderie they shared, seems hol...

    I'm grateful to the publisher for an advance copy of Old Baggage. "It is 1928. Matilda Simpkin, rooting through a cupboard, comes across a small wooden club ? an old possession of hers, unseen for more than a decade..." This book is a prequel, of sorts, to Crooked Heart, in whi...

    Set in 1928 when women?s suffrage is on the cusp of being extended to women over 21, irrespective of whether or not they are property owners. It is a massive change for which women have fought over many years. Emmeline Pankhurst sadly does not live to see the day, but Mattie Simpkin ...

    Wonderful exploration of 'what suffragettes did next' combined with a comedic and touching glimpse at developing feminism and women's rights. I've read several of Evans novels for children and adults, and love her breezy, flowing style. All are very easy to fall into, with excellent...

    The late 1920s, and Mattie is still fairly well-known as having been one of the suffragettes. There's still a chance of the law being changed soon, too, so that universal suffrage is finally possible. But while she's long known the male world isn't ready for that, neither, she soon dis...

    I was lucky enough to receive a copy of Old Baggage from the publisher, it covers one of my ?favourite? moments in history, the suffragette movement. I used the term favourite very loosely because the amount of physical and emotional harm these ladies put themselves through for the...

    In 2015, British author Lissa Evans published a delightful book called "Crooked Heart". Set in the early days of WW2, the main character was a nine year old boy, Noel Bostock - old and wise before his time - who ends up in the care of a scrounger when he's evacuated from London to a to...

    Lissa Evans' novel Crooked Heart is a great favourite of mine, so I was very excited to learn that her new book, Old Baggage, is a prequel to it and centres on the character of Mattie Simpkin, a former suffragette who, in 1928, now finds herself middle-aged and, frankly, rather bored. ...

    This is a very loud book! Matty Simpkin bounds onto the page and makes herself heard wherever she is and whatever she is doing. Mattie and her friend Florrie Lee (known as The Flea) live near Hampstead Heath in The Mousehole, so called because the house was once a refuge for suffragett...

    I really enjoyed this novel which is rich in characters, humour and history. I also learned new stuff which is always a bonus. Mattie Simpkin was part of the suffragette movement and when we first meet her it is 1928 and she is looking for another outlet for her energy. Along with h...

  • Lesley
    Jun 05, 2018

    It's 1928. Matilda Simpkin, rooting through a cupboard, comes across an old wooden club - an old possession of hers, unseen for more than a decade. Mattie (Matilda) was a militant during the Women's Suffrage Campaign. She has given speeches, marched, smashed windows, she's even heck...

    Mattie Simpson has appeared in a previous novel, ?Crooked Heart,? and I was delighted to meet up with her again. It is 1928 and Mattie is living in Hampstead Heath with Florrie Lee, ?the Flea.? Both were heavily involved in the suffragette movement and Mattie still gives talks ...

    In many ways the title, Old Baggage, gives a clue to themes explored in the book. For example, some of those who come into contact with Mattie Simpkin, with her no-nonsense attitude and forthright manner, would probably regard her as a bit of an ?old baggage?. Mattie believes in th...

    I've finished Old Baggage and I am bereft! This is beautiful, beautiful writing with characters that live and breathe. I loved Mattie in Crooked Heart. How wonderful to spend more time with her. I just hope we meet her again. This is a gorgeous, warm novel and I can't recommend it enou...

    What an astonishing book!! In Matilda Simpkins, there is a character with so much depth and background to explore - it's just that she has reached a point in her life where her past was a million more times exciting than her present! She used to be part of the suffragete movement a...

    Stop and think about this title of the latest book from Lissa Evans. Old Baggage, can mean different things to different people. It can be used as a description of some older lady, past her prime and of no use to anyone or society. It can be the baggage we bring from the past into t...

    Visit the locations in the novel This was such a joy to read and extremely apt and poignant in the year we?re all supporting and remembering what these woman did for us. These were the early days of feminism and women?s rights but it?s told in such a poignant, warm witty...

    In Lissa Evan?s previous novel, Crooked Heart, the reader is briefly introduced to Mattie Simpkin, an elderly lady who was once a suffragette. Old Baggage is set a decade earlier and offers further details on the life of this idiosyncratic character. Neither book relies on the other ...

    I had this book sat on my kindle for some time before I got around to reading it, but once I started I couldn't put it down and read it in three sittings over less than 24 hours. It centres around a militant suffragette, Mattie, and 'what came next' after the vote had been won and afte...

    I really enjoyed this novel. Set largely in 1928, it has as its central characters two former suffragettes, Mattie Simpkin and Florence Lea, long known as the Flea, who live together near Hampstead Heath. Florence is the practical one, who keeps the household going, and is full of unre...

    Suffragette Mattie Simpkins has dedicated her life to fighting for womens? right to vote. She has tackled politicians, stood at the forefront of protests and inspired and buoyed the hopes and aspirations of so many under her wing. Now her life, which was once pulsing with speeches (h...

    Crooked Heart was a book that I enjoyed very much so I was thrilled to see that Old Baggage had been published. You could say that it is a prequel, focusing on Mattie who was Noel's godmother. She was only in the first chapter of Crooked Heart but it was evident that she was a characte...

    Oh my. I don't often give out 5 stars but this book warrants it - if I could give it 6 I would! How Lissa Evans manages to make you care for these wonderful characters within a few pages is amazing. It was a pleasure to get to know Mattie Simpkins after the brief glimpse we got of her ...

    I fell in love with the characters in this book. Real, rounded, flawed, lovable characters that I'm still thinking about two days later. Also, I loved the sense of time and place. It's immaculate. The other thing I really like is the way that Lissa Evans doesn't spell everything out...

    This is another wonderful novel from Lissa Evans and introduces us to a younger Mattie Simpkin who we first encountered in Crooked Heart. It's 1928 and Mattie doesn't know what to do with her life. She'd been active in the Suffragette Movement, protesting, marching, being imprisoned an...

    Miss Matilda Simpkins, unmarried woman of a certain age is an educated former suffragette who prides herself on her ability to point out to others where they are going wrong with their lives. It's hard to try and recreate the busy glory days when, along with many others, they had a com...

    Lissa Evans' protagonist, the redoubtable Matilda Simpkins, sees women who don't know enough about anything to realise that they have the vote, let alone use it.  Her memories of the activities her group undertook, and the earnest young women and the camaraderie they shared, seems hol...

    I'm grateful to the publisher for an advance copy of Old Baggage. "It is 1928. Matilda Simpkin, rooting through a cupboard, comes across a small wooden club ? an old possession of hers, unseen for more than a decade..." This book is a prequel, of sorts, to Crooked Heart, in whi...

    Set in 1928 when women?s suffrage is on the cusp of being extended to women over 21, irrespective of whether or not they are property owners. It is a massive change for which women have fought over many years. Emmeline Pankhurst sadly does not live to see the day, but Mattie Simpkin ...

    Wonderful exploration of 'what suffragettes did next' combined with a comedic and touching glimpse at developing feminism and women's rights. I've read several of Evans novels for children and adults, and love her breezy, flowing style. All are very easy to fall into, with excellent...

    The late 1920s, and Mattie is still fairly well-known as having been one of the suffragettes. There's still a chance of the law being changed soon, too, so that universal suffrage is finally possible. But while she's long known the male world isn't ready for that, neither, she soon dis...

    I was lucky enough to receive a copy of Old Baggage from the publisher, it covers one of my ?favourite? moments in history, the suffragette movement. I used the term favourite very loosely because the amount of physical and emotional harm these ladies put themselves through for the...

    In 2015, British author Lissa Evans published a delightful book called "Crooked Heart". Set in the early days of WW2, the main character was a nine year old boy, Noel Bostock - old and wise before his time - who ends up in the care of a scrounger when he's evacuated from London to a to...

    Lissa Evans' novel Crooked Heart is a great favourite of mine, so I was very excited to learn that her new book, Old Baggage, is a prequel to it and centres on the character of Mattie Simpkin, a former suffragette who, in 1928, now finds herself middle-aged and, frankly, rather bored. ...

    This is a very loud book! Matty Simpkin bounds onto the page and makes herself heard wherever she is and whatever she is doing. Mattie and her friend Florrie Lee (known as The Flea) live near Hampstead Heath in The Mousehole, so called because the house was once a refuge for suffragett...

    I really enjoyed this novel which is rich in characters, humour and history. I also learned new stuff which is always a bonus. Mattie Simpkin was part of the suffragette movement and when we first meet her it is 1928 and she is looking for another outlet for her energy. Along with h...

    Matilda Simpkin used to be a Suffragette, she was imprisoned for her cause and still fights for votes for women. However in the genteel Hampstead of 1928 Mattie is a bit of a rebel without much of a cause. She lives in company with a Health Visitor, Florence Lee (The Flea), and writes ...

    Previously reviewed on The Good, The Bad, and The Unread: What?s a woman to do when the cause to which she?s given the best years of her life is now a historical curiosity to most people, and merely an incident from which to move on from to those she fought alongside? Mattie Smi...

    I was sent a copy of Old Baggage by Lissa Evans to read and review by NetGalley. I loved this book! It was beautifully written with proper use of the English language, as I remember being taught as a child - many moons ago! It is a tale primarily of middle aged former suffragette Mati...

  • Jennifer
    Aug 16, 2018

    It's 1928. Matilda Simpkin, rooting through a cupboard, comes across an old wooden club - an old possession of hers, unseen for more than a decade. Mattie (Matilda) was a militant during the Women's Suffrage Campaign. She has given speeches, marched, smashed windows, she's even heck...

    Mattie Simpson has appeared in a previous novel, ?Crooked Heart,? and I was delighted to meet up with her again. It is 1928 and Mattie is living in Hampstead Heath with Florrie Lee, ?the Flea.? Both were heavily involved in the suffragette movement and Mattie still gives talks ...

    In many ways the title, Old Baggage, gives a clue to themes explored in the book. For example, some of those who come into contact with Mattie Simpkin, with her no-nonsense attitude and forthright manner, would probably regard her as a bit of an ?old baggage?. Mattie believes in th...

    I've finished Old Baggage and I am bereft! This is beautiful, beautiful writing with characters that live and breathe. I loved Mattie in Crooked Heart. How wonderful to spend more time with her. I just hope we meet her again. This is a gorgeous, warm novel and I can't recommend it enou...

    What an astonishing book!! In Matilda Simpkins, there is a character with so much depth and background to explore - it's just that she has reached a point in her life where her past was a million more times exciting than her present! She used to be part of the suffragete movement a...

    Stop and think about this title of the latest book from Lissa Evans. Old Baggage, can mean different things to different people. It can be used as a description of some older lady, past her prime and of no use to anyone or society. It can be the baggage we bring from the past into t...

    Visit the locations in the novel This was such a joy to read and extremely apt and poignant in the year we?re all supporting and remembering what these woman did for us. These were the early days of feminism and women?s rights but it?s told in such a poignant, warm witty...

    In Lissa Evan?s previous novel, Crooked Heart, the reader is briefly introduced to Mattie Simpkin, an elderly lady who was once a suffragette. Old Baggage is set a decade earlier and offers further details on the life of this idiosyncratic character. Neither book relies on the other ...

    I had this book sat on my kindle for some time before I got around to reading it, but once I started I couldn't put it down and read it in three sittings over less than 24 hours. It centres around a militant suffragette, Mattie, and 'what came next' after the vote had been won and afte...

    I really enjoyed this novel. Set largely in 1928, it has as its central characters two former suffragettes, Mattie Simpkin and Florence Lea, long known as the Flea, who live together near Hampstead Heath. Florence is the practical one, who keeps the household going, and is full of unre...

    Suffragette Mattie Simpkins has dedicated her life to fighting for womens? right to vote. She has tackled politicians, stood at the forefront of protests and inspired and buoyed the hopes and aspirations of so many under her wing. Now her life, which was once pulsing with speeches (h...

    Crooked Heart was a book that I enjoyed very much so I was thrilled to see that Old Baggage had been published. You could say that it is a prequel, focusing on Mattie who was Noel's godmother. She was only in the first chapter of Crooked Heart but it was evident that she was a characte...

    Oh my. I don't often give out 5 stars but this book warrants it - if I could give it 6 I would! How Lissa Evans manages to make you care for these wonderful characters within a few pages is amazing. It was a pleasure to get to know Mattie Simpkins after the brief glimpse we got of her ...

  • Michael Cayley
    May 10, 2018

    It's 1928. Matilda Simpkin, rooting through a cupboard, comes across an old wooden club - an old possession of hers, unseen for more than a decade. Mattie (Matilda) was a militant during the Women's Suffrage Campaign. She has given speeches, marched, smashed windows, she's even heck...

    Mattie Simpson has appeared in a previous novel, ?Crooked Heart,? and I was delighted to meet up with her again. It is 1928 and Mattie is living in Hampstead Heath with Florrie Lee, ?the Flea.? Both were heavily involved in the suffragette movement and Mattie still gives talks ...

    In many ways the title, Old Baggage, gives a clue to themes explored in the book. For example, some of those who come into contact with Mattie Simpkin, with her no-nonsense attitude and forthright manner, would probably regard her as a bit of an ?old baggage?. Mattie believes in th...

    I've finished Old Baggage and I am bereft! This is beautiful, beautiful writing with characters that live and breathe. I loved Mattie in Crooked Heart. How wonderful to spend more time with her. I just hope we meet her again. This is a gorgeous, warm novel and I can't recommend it enou...

    What an astonishing book!! In Matilda Simpkins, there is a character with so much depth and background to explore - it's just that she has reached a point in her life where her past was a million more times exciting than her present! She used to be part of the suffragete movement a...

    Stop and think about this title of the latest book from Lissa Evans. Old Baggage, can mean different things to different people. It can be used as a description of some older lady, past her prime and of no use to anyone or society. It can be the baggage we bring from the past into t...

    Visit the locations in the novel This was such a joy to read and extremely apt and poignant in the year we?re all supporting and remembering what these woman did for us. These were the early days of feminism and women?s rights but it?s told in such a poignant, warm witty...

    In Lissa Evan?s previous novel, Crooked Heart, the reader is briefly introduced to Mattie Simpkin, an elderly lady who was once a suffragette. Old Baggage is set a decade earlier and offers further details on the life of this idiosyncratic character. Neither book relies on the other ...

    I had this book sat on my kindle for some time before I got around to reading it, but once I started I couldn't put it down and read it in three sittings over less than 24 hours. It centres around a militant suffragette, Mattie, and 'what came next' after the vote had been won and afte...

    I really enjoyed this novel. Set largely in 1928, it has as its central characters two former suffragettes, Mattie Simpkin and Florence Lea, long known as the Flea, who live together near Hampstead Heath. Florence is the practical one, who keeps the household going, and is full of unre...

  • Mary Picken
    Jul 27, 2018

    It's 1928. Matilda Simpkin, rooting through a cupboard, comes across an old wooden club - an old possession of hers, unseen for more than a decade. Mattie (Matilda) was a militant during the Women's Suffrage Campaign. She has given speeches, marched, smashed windows, she's even heck...

    Mattie Simpson has appeared in a previous novel, ?Crooked Heart,? and I was delighted to meet up with her again. It is 1928 and Mattie is living in Hampstead Heath with Florrie Lee, ?the Flea.? Both were heavily involved in the suffragette movement and Mattie still gives talks ...

    In many ways the title, Old Baggage, gives a clue to themes explored in the book. For example, some of those who come into contact with Mattie Simpkin, with her no-nonsense attitude and forthright manner, would probably regard her as a bit of an ?old baggage?. Mattie believes in th...

    I've finished Old Baggage and I am bereft! This is beautiful, beautiful writing with characters that live and breathe. I loved Mattie in Crooked Heart. How wonderful to spend more time with her. I just hope we meet her again. This is a gorgeous, warm novel and I can't recommend it enou...

    What an astonishing book!! In Matilda Simpkins, there is a character with so much depth and background to explore - it's just that she has reached a point in her life where her past was a million more times exciting than her present! She used to be part of the suffragete movement a...

    Stop and think about this title of the latest book from Lissa Evans. Old Baggage, can mean different things to different people. It can be used as a description of some older lady, past her prime and of no use to anyone or society. It can be the baggage we bring from the past into t...

    Visit the locations in the novel This was such a joy to read and extremely apt and poignant in the year we?re all supporting and remembering what these woman did for us. These were the early days of feminism and women?s rights but it?s told in such a poignant, warm witty...

    In Lissa Evan?s previous novel, Crooked Heart, the reader is briefly introduced to Mattie Simpkin, an elderly lady who was once a suffragette. Old Baggage is set a decade earlier and offers further details on the life of this idiosyncratic character. Neither book relies on the other ...

    I had this book sat on my kindle for some time before I got around to reading it, but once I started I couldn't put it down and read it in three sittings over less than 24 hours. It centres around a militant suffragette, Mattie, and 'what came next' after the vote had been won and afte...

    I really enjoyed this novel. Set largely in 1928, it has as its central characters two former suffragettes, Mattie Simpkin and Florence Lea, long known as the Flea, who live together near Hampstead Heath. Florence is the practical one, who keeps the household going, and is full of unre...

    Suffragette Mattie Simpkins has dedicated her life to fighting for womens? right to vote. She has tackled politicians, stood at the forefront of protests and inspired and buoyed the hopes and aspirations of so many under her wing. Now her life, which was once pulsing with speeches (h...

    Crooked Heart was a book that I enjoyed very much so I was thrilled to see that Old Baggage had been published. You could say that it is a prequel, focusing on Mattie who was Noel's godmother. She was only in the first chapter of Crooked Heart but it was evident that she was a characte...

    Oh my. I don't often give out 5 stars but this book warrants it - if I could give it 6 I would! How Lissa Evans manages to make you care for these wonderful characters within a few pages is amazing. It was a pleasure to get to know Mattie Simpkins after the brief glimpse we got of her ...

    I fell in love with the characters in this book. Real, rounded, flawed, lovable characters that I'm still thinking about two days later. Also, I loved the sense of time and place. It's immaculate. The other thing I really like is the way that Lissa Evans doesn't spell everything out...

    This is another wonderful novel from Lissa Evans and introduces us to a younger Mattie Simpkin who we first encountered in Crooked Heart. It's 1928 and Mattie doesn't know what to do with her life. She'd been active in the Suffragette Movement, protesting, marching, being imprisoned an...

    Miss Matilda Simpkins, unmarried woman of a certain age is an educated former suffragette who prides herself on her ability to point out to others where they are going wrong with their lives. It's hard to try and recreate the busy glory days when, along with many others, they had a com...

    Lissa Evans' protagonist, the redoubtable Matilda Simpkins, sees women who don't know enough about anything to realise that they have the vote, let alone use it.  Her memories of the activities her group undertook, and the earnest young women and the camaraderie they shared, seems hol...

    I'm grateful to the publisher for an advance copy of Old Baggage. "It is 1928. Matilda Simpkin, rooting through a cupboard, comes across a small wooden club ? an old possession of hers, unseen for more than a decade..." This book is a prequel, of sorts, to Crooked Heart, in whi...

    Set in 1928 when women?s suffrage is on the cusp of being extended to women over 21, irrespective of whether or not they are property owners. It is a massive change for which women have fought over many years. Emmeline Pankhurst sadly does not live to see the day, but Mattie Simpkin ...

  • Thebooktrail
    Jun 14, 2018

    It's 1928. Matilda Simpkin, rooting through a cupboard, comes across an old wooden club - an old possession of hers, unseen for more than a decade. Mattie (Matilda) was a militant during the Women's Suffrage Campaign. She has given speeches, marched, smashed windows, she's even heck...

    Mattie Simpson has appeared in a previous novel, ?Crooked Heart,? and I was delighted to meet up with her again. It is 1928 and Mattie is living in Hampstead Heath with Florrie Lee, ?the Flea.? Both were heavily involved in the suffragette movement and Mattie still gives talks ...

    In many ways the title, Old Baggage, gives a clue to themes explored in the book. For example, some of those who come into contact with Mattie Simpkin, with her no-nonsense attitude and forthright manner, would probably regard her as a bit of an ?old baggage?. Mattie believes in th...

    I've finished Old Baggage and I am bereft! This is beautiful, beautiful writing with characters that live and breathe. I loved Mattie in Crooked Heart. How wonderful to spend more time with her. I just hope we meet her again. This is a gorgeous, warm novel and I can't recommend it enou...

    What an astonishing book!! In Matilda Simpkins, there is a character with so much depth and background to explore - it's just that she has reached a point in her life where her past was a million more times exciting than her present! She used to be part of the suffragete movement a...

    Stop and think about this title of the latest book from Lissa Evans. Old Baggage, can mean different things to different people. It can be used as a description of some older lady, past her prime and of no use to anyone or society. It can be the baggage we bring from the past into t...

    Visit the locations in the novel This was such a joy to read and extremely apt and poignant in the year we?re all supporting and remembering what these woman did for us. These were the early days of feminism and women?s rights but it?s told in such a poignant, warm witty...

  • Alison
    Jul 29, 2018

    It's 1928. Matilda Simpkin, rooting through a cupboard, comes across an old wooden club - an old possession of hers, unseen for more than a decade. Mattie (Matilda) was a militant during the Women's Suffrage Campaign. She has given speeches, marched, smashed windows, she's even heck...

    Mattie Simpson has appeared in a previous novel, ?Crooked Heart,? and I was delighted to meet up with her again. It is 1928 and Mattie is living in Hampstead Heath with Florrie Lee, ?the Flea.? Both were heavily involved in the suffragette movement and Mattie still gives talks ...

    In many ways the title, Old Baggage, gives a clue to themes explored in the book. For example, some of those who come into contact with Mattie Simpkin, with her no-nonsense attitude and forthright manner, would probably regard her as a bit of an ?old baggage?. Mattie believes in th...

    I've finished Old Baggage and I am bereft! This is beautiful, beautiful writing with characters that live and breathe. I loved Mattie in Crooked Heart. How wonderful to spend more time with her. I just hope we meet her again. This is a gorgeous, warm novel and I can't recommend it enou...

    What an astonishing book!! In Matilda Simpkins, there is a character with so much depth and background to explore - it's just that she has reached a point in her life where her past was a million more times exciting than her present! She used to be part of the suffragete movement a...

    Stop and think about this title of the latest book from Lissa Evans. Old Baggage, can mean different things to different people. It can be used as a description of some older lady, past her prime and of no use to anyone or society. It can be the baggage we bring from the past into t...

    Visit the locations in the novel This was such a joy to read and extremely apt and poignant in the year we?re all supporting and remembering what these woman did for us. These were the early days of feminism and women?s rights but it?s told in such a poignant, warm witty...

    In Lissa Evan?s previous novel, Crooked Heart, the reader is briefly introduced to Mattie Simpkin, an elderly lady who was once a suffragette. Old Baggage is set a decade earlier and offers further details on the life of this idiosyncratic character. Neither book relies on the other ...

    I had this book sat on my kindle for some time before I got around to reading it, but once I started I couldn't put it down and read it in three sittings over less than 24 hours. It centres around a militant suffragette, Mattie, and 'what came next' after the vote had been won and afte...

    I really enjoyed this novel. Set largely in 1928, it has as its central characters two former suffragettes, Mattie Simpkin and Florence Lea, long known as the Flea, who live together near Hampstead Heath. Florence is the practical one, who keeps the household going, and is full of unre...

    Suffragette Mattie Simpkins has dedicated her life to fighting for womens? right to vote. She has tackled politicians, stood at the forefront of protests and inspired and buoyed the hopes and aspirations of so many under her wing. Now her life, which was once pulsing with speeches (h...

    Crooked Heart was a book that I enjoyed very much so I was thrilled to see that Old Baggage had been published. You could say that it is a prequel, focusing on Mattie who was Noel's godmother. She was only in the first chapter of Crooked Heart but it was evident that she was a characte...

    Oh my. I don't often give out 5 stars but this book warrants it - if I could give it 6 I would! How Lissa Evans manages to make you care for these wonderful characters within a few pages is amazing. It was a pleasure to get to know Mattie Simpkins after the brief glimpse we got of her ...

    I fell in love with the characters in this book. Real, rounded, flawed, lovable characters that I'm still thinking about two days later. Also, I loved the sense of time and place. It's immaculate. The other thing I really like is the way that Lissa Evans doesn't spell everything out...

    This is another wonderful novel from Lissa Evans and introduces us to a younger Mattie Simpkin who we first encountered in Crooked Heart. It's 1928 and Mattie doesn't know what to do with her life. She'd been active in the Suffragette Movement, protesting, marching, being imprisoned an...

    Miss Matilda Simpkins, unmarried woman of a certain age is an educated former suffragette who prides herself on her ability to point out to others where they are going wrong with their lives. It's hard to try and recreate the busy glory days when, along with many others, they had a com...

    Lissa Evans' protagonist, the redoubtable Matilda Simpkins, sees women who don't know enough about anything to realise that they have the vote, let alone use it.  Her memories of the activities her group undertook, and the earnest young women and the camaraderie they shared, seems hol...

    I'm grateful to the publisher for an advance copy of Old Baggage. "It is 1928. Matilda Simpkin, rooting through a cupboard, comes across a small wooden club ? an old possession of hers, unseen for more than a decade..." This book is a prequel, of sorts, to Crooked Heart, in whi...

    Set in 1928 when women?s suffrage is on the cusp of being extended to women over 21, irrespective of whether or not they are property owners. It is a massive change for which women have fought over many years. Emmeline Pankhurst sadly does not live to see the day, but Mattie Simpkin ...

    Wonderful exploration of 'what suffragettes did next' combined with a comedic and touching glimpse at developing feminism and women's rights. I've read several of Evans novels for children and adults, and love her breezy, flowing style. All are very easy to fall into, with excellent...

    The late 1920s, and Mattie is still fairly well-known as having been one of the suffragettes. There's still a chance of the law being changed soon, too, so that universal suffrage is finally possible. But while she's long known the male world isn't ready for that, neither, she soon dis...

    I was lucky enough to receive a copy of Old Baggage from the publisher, it covers one of my ?favourite? moments in history, the suffragette movement. I used the term favourite very loosely because the amount of physical and emotional harm these ladies put themselves through for the...

  • Theediscerning
    Jun 02, 2018

    It's 1928. Matilda Simpkin, rooting through a cupboard, comes across an old wooden club - an old possession of hers, unseen for more than a decade. Mattie (Matilda) was a militant during the Women's Suffrage Campaign. She has given speeches, marched, smashed windows, she's even heck...

    Mattie Simpson has appeared in a previous novel, ?Crooked Heart,? and I was delighted to meet up with her again. It is 1928 and Mattie is living in Hampstead Heath with Florrie Lee, ?the Flea.? Both were heavily involved in the suffragette movement and Mattie still gives talks ...

    In many ways the title, Old Baggage, gives a clue to themes explored in the book. For example, some of those who come into contact with Mattie Simpkin, with her no-nonsense attitude and forthright manner, would probably regard her as a bit of an ?old baggage?. Mattie believes in th...

    I've finished Old Baggage and I am bereft! This is beautiful, beautiful writing with characters that live and breathe. I loved Mattie in Crooked Heart. How wonderful to spend more time with her. I just hope we meet her again. This is a gorgeous, warm novel and I can't recommend it enou...

    What an astonishing book!! In Matilda Simpkins, there is a character with so much depth and background to explore - it's just that she has reached a point in her life where her past was a million more times exciting than her present! She used to be part of the suffragete movement a...

    Stop and think about this title of the latest book from Lissa Evans. Old Baggage, can mean different things to different people. It can be used as a description of some older lady, past her prime and of no use to anyone or society. It can be the baggage we bring from the past into t...

    Visit the locations in the novel This was such a joy to read and extremely apt and poignant in the year we?re all supporting and remembering what these woman did for us. These were the early days of feminism and women?s rights but it?s told in such a poignant, warm witty...

    In Lissa Evan?s previous novel, Crooked Heart, the reader is briefly introduced to Mattie Simpkin, an elderly lady who was once a suffragette. Old Baggage is set a decade earlier and offers further details on the life of this idiosyncratic character. Neither book relies on the other ...

    I had this book sat on my kindle for some time before I got around to reading it, but once I started I couldn't put it down and read it in three sittings over less than 24 hours. It centres around a militant suffragette, Mattie, and 'what came next' after the vote had been won and afte...

    I really enjoyed this novel. Set largely in 1928, it has as its central characters two former suffragettes, Mattie Simpkin and Florence Lea, long known as the Flea, who live together near Hampstead Heath. Florence is the practical one, who keeps the household going, and is full of unre...

    Suffragette Mattie Simpkins has dedicated her life to fighting for womens? right to vote. She has tackled politicians, stood at the forefront of protests and inspired and buoyed the hopes and aspirations of so many under her wing. Now her life, which was once pulsing with speeches (h...

    Crooked Heart was a book that I enjoyed very much so I was thrilled to see that Old Baggage had been published. You could say that it is a prequel, focusing on Mattie who was Noel's godmother. She was only in the first chapter of Crooked Heart but it was evident that she was a characte...

    Oh my. I don't often give out 5 stars but this book warrants it - if I could give it 6 I would! How Lissa Evans manages to make you care for these wonderful characters within a few pages is amazing. It was a pleasure to get to know Mattie Simpkins after the brief glimpse we got of her ...

    I fell in love with the characters in this book. Real, rounded, flawed, lovable characters that I'm still thinking about two days later. Also, I loved the sense of time and place. It's immaculate. The other thing I really like is the way that Lissa Evans doesn't spell everything out...

    This is another wonderful novel from Lissa Evans and introduces us to a younger Mattie Simpkin who we first encountered in Crooked Heart. It's 1928 and Mattie doesn't know what to do with her life. She'd been active in the Suffragette Movement, protesting, marching, being imprisoned an...

    Miss Matilda Simpkins, unmarried woman of a certain age is an educated former suffragette who prides herself on her ability to point out to others where they are going wrong with their lives. It's hard to try and recreate the busy glory days when, along with many others, they had a com...

    Lissa Evans' protagonist, the redoubtable Matilda Simpkins, sees women who don't know enough about anything to realise that they have the vote, let alone use it.  Her memories of the activities her group undertook, and the earnest young women and the camaraderie they shared, seems hol...

    I'm grateful to the publisher for an advance copy of Old Baggage. "It is 1928. Matilda Simpkin, rooting through a cupboard, comes across a small wooden club ? an old possession of hers, unseen for more than a decade..." This book is a prequel, of sorts, to Crooked Heart, in whi...

    Set in 1928 when women?s suffrage is on the cusp of being extended to women over 21, irrespective of whether or not they are property owners. It is a massive change for which women have fought over many years. Emmeline Pankhurst sadly does not live to see the day, but Mattie Simpkin ...

    Wonderful exploration of 'what suffragettes did next' combined with a comedic and touching glimpse at developing feminism and women's rights. I've read several of Evans novels for children and adults, and love her breezy, flowing style. All are very easy to fall into, with excellent...

    The late 1920s, and Mattie is still fairly well-known as having been one of the suffragettes. There's still a chance of the law being changed soon, too, so that universal suffrage is finally possible. But while she's long known the male world isn't ready for that, neither, she soon dis...

  • Jo-anne Atkinson
    Aug 19, 2018

    It's 1928. Matilda Simpkin, rooting through a cupboard, comes across an old wooden club - an old possession of hers, unseen for more than a decade. Mattie (Matilda) was a militant during the Women's Suffrage Campaign. She has given speeches, marched, smashed windows, she's even heck...

    Mattie Simpson has appeared in a previous novel, ?Crooked Heart,? and I was delighted to meet up with her again. It is 1928 and Mattie is living in Hampstead Heath with Florrie Lee, ?the Flea.? Both were heavily involved in the suffragette movement and Mattie still gives talks ...

    In many ways the title, Old Baggage, gives a clue to themes explored in the book. For example, some of those who come into contact with Mattie Simpkin, with her no-nonsense attitude and forthright manner, would probably regard her as a bit of an ?old baggage?. Mattie believes in th...

    I've finished Old Baggage and I am bereft! This is beautiful, beautiful writing with characters that live and breathe. I loved Mattie in Crooked Heart. How wonderful to spend more time with her. I just hope we meet her again. This is a gorgeous, warm novel and I can't recommend it enou...

    What an astonishing book!! In Matilda Simpkins, there is a character with so much depth and background to explore - it's just that she has reached a point in her life where her past was a million more times exciting than her present! She used to be part of the suffragete movement a...

    Stop and think about this title of the latest book from Lissa Evans. Old Baggage, can mean different things to different people. It can be used as a description of some older lady, past her prime and of no use to anyone or society. It can be the baggage we bring from the past into t...

    Visit the locations in the novel This was such a joy to read and extremely apt and poignant in the year we?re all supporting and remembering what these woman did for us. These were the early days of feminism and women?s rights but it?s told in such a poignant, warm witty...

    In Lissa Evan?s previous novel, Crooked Heart, the reader is briefly introduced to Mattie Simpkin, an elderly lady who was once a suffragette. Old Baggage is set a decade earlier and offers further details on the life of this idiosyncratic character. Neither book relies on the other ...

    I had this book sat on my kindle for some time before I got around to reading it, but once I started I couldn't put it down and read it in three sittings over less than 24 hours. It centres around a militant suffragette, Mattie, and 'what came next' after the vote had been won and afte...

    I really enjoyed this novel. Set largely in 1928, it has as its central characters two former suffragettes, Mattie Simpkin and Florence Lea, long known as the Flea, who live together near Hampstead Heath. Florence is the practical one, who keeps the household going, and is full of unre...

    Suffragette Mattie Simpkins has dedicated her life to fighting for womens? right to vote. She has tackled politicians, stood at the forefront of protests and inspired and buoyed the hopes and aspirations of so many under her wing. Now her life, which was once pulsing with speeches (h...

    Crooked Heart was a book that I enjoyed very much so I was thrilled to see that Old Baggage had been published. You could say that it is a prequel, focusing on Mattie who was Noel's godmother. She was only in the first chapter of Crooked Heart but it was evident that she was a characte...

    Oh my. I don't often give out 5 stars but this book warrants it - if I could give it 6 I would! How Lissa Evans manages to make you care for these wonderful characters within a few pages is amazing. It was a pleasure to get to know Mattie Simpkins after the brief glimpse we got of her ...

    I fell in love with the characters in this book. Real, rounded, flawed, lovable characters that I'm still thinking about two days later. Also, I loved the sense of time and place. It's immaculate. The other thing I really like is the way that Lissa Evans doesn't spell everything out...

    This is another wonderful novel from Lissa Evans and introduces us to a younger Mattie Simpkin who we first encountered in Crooked Heart. It's 1928 and Mattie doesn't know what to do with her life. She'd been active in the Suffragette Movement, protesting, marching, being imprisoned an...

    Miss Matilda Simpkins, unmarried woman of a certain age is an educated former suffragette who prides herself on her ability to point out to others where they are going wrong with their lives. It's hard to try and recreate the busy glory days when, along with many others, they had a com...

    Lissa Evans' protagonist, the redoubtable Matilda Simpkins, sees women who don't know enough about anything to realise that they have the vote, let alone use it.  Her memories of the activities her group undertook, and the earnest young women and the camaraderie they shared, seems hol...

    I'm grateful to the publisher for an advance copy of Old Baggage. "It is 1928. Matilda Simpkin, rooting through a cupboard, comes across a small wooden club ? an old possession of hers, unseen for more than a decade..." This book is a prequel, of sorts, to Crooked Heart, in whi...

    Set in 1928 when women?s suffrage is on the cusp of being extended to women over 21, irrespective of whether or not they are property owners. It is a massive change for which women have fought over many years. Emmeline Pankhurst sadly does not live to see the day, but Mattie Simpkin ...

    Wonderful exploration of 'what suffragettes did next' combined with a comedic and touching glimpse at developing feminism and women's rights. I've read several of Evans novels for children and adults, and love her breezy, flowing style. All are very easy to fall into, with excellent...

    The late 1920s, and Mattie is still fairly well-known as having been one of the suffragettes. There's still a chance of the law being changed soon, too, so that universal suffrage is finally possible. But while she's long known the male world isn't ready for that, neither, she soon dis...

    I was lucky enough to receive a copy of Old Baggage from the publisher, it covers one of my ?favourite? moments in history, the suffragette movement. I used the term favourite very loosely because the amount of physical and emotional harm these ladies put themselves through for the...

    In 2015, British author Lissa Evans published a delightful book called "Crooked Heart". Set in the early days of WW2, the main character was a nine year old boy, Noel Bostock - old and wise before his time - who ends up in the care of a scrounger when he's evacuated from London to a to...

    Lissa Evans' novel Crooked Heart is a great favourite of mine, so I was very excited to learn that her new book, Old Baggage, is a prequel to it and centres on the character of Mattie Simpkin, a former suffragette who, in 1928, now finds herself middle-aged and, frankly, rather bored. ...

    This is a very loud book! Matty Simpkin bounds onto the page and makes herself heard wherever she is and whatever she is doing. Mattie and her friend Florrie Lee (known as The Flea) live near Hampstead Heath in The Mousehole, so called because the house was once a refuge for suffragett...

    I really enjoyed this novel which is rich in characters, humour and history. I also learned new stuff which is always a bonus. Mattie Simpkin was part of the suffragette movement and when we first meet her it is 1928 and she is looking for another outlet for her energy. Along with h...

    Matilda Simpkin used to be a Suffragette, she was imprisoned for her cause and still fights for votes for women. However in the genteel Hampstead of 1928 Mattie is a bit of a rebel without much of a cause. She lives in company with a Health Visitor, Florence Lee (The Flea), and writes ...

  • Louise Wilson
    Jun 11, 2018

    It's 1928. Matilda Simpkin, rooting through a cupboard, comes across an old wooden club - an old possession of hers, unseen for more than a decade. Mattie (Matilda) was a militant during the Women's Suffrage Campaign. She has given speeches, marched, smashed windows, she's even heck...

  • Ronnie Turner
    Jul 11, 2018

    It's 1928. Matilda Simpkin, rooting through a cupboard, comes across an old wooden club - an old possession of hers, unseen for more than a decade. Mattie (Matilda) was a militant during the Women's Suffrage Campaign. She has given speeches, marched, smashed windows, she's even heck...

    Mattie Simpson has appeared in a previous novel, ?Crooked Heart,? and I was delighted to meet up with her again. It is 1928 and Mattie is living in Hampstead Heath with Florrie Lee, ?the Flea.? Both were heavily involved in the suffragette movement and Mattie still gives talks ...

    In many ways the title, Old Baggage, gives a clue to themes explored in the book. For example, some of those who come into contact with Mattie Simpkin, with her no-nonsense attitude and forthright manner, would probably regard her as a bit of an ?old baggage?. Mattie believes in th...

    I've finished Old Baggage and I am bereft! This is beautiful, beautiful writing with characters that live and breathe. I loved Mattie in Crooked Heart. How wonderful to spend more time with her. I just hope we meet her again. This is a gorgeous, warm novel and I can't recommend it enou...

    What an astonishing book!! In Matilda Simpkins, there is a character with so much depth and background to explore - it's just that she has reached a point in her life where her past was a million more times exciting than her present! She used to be part of the suffragete movement a...

    Stop and think about this title of the latest book from Lissa Evans. Old Baggage, can mean different things to different people. It can be used as a description of some older lady, past her prime and of no use to anyone or society. It can be the baggage we bring from the past into t...

    Visit the locations in the novel This was such a joy to read and extremely apt and poignant in the year we?re all supporting and remembering what these woman did for us. These were the early days of feminism and women?s rights but it?s told in such a poignant, warm witty...

    In Lissa Evan?s previous novel, Crooked Heart, the reader is briefly introduced to Mattie Simpkin, an elderly lady who was once a suffragette. Old Baggage is set a decade earlier and offers further details on the life of this idiosyncratic character. Neither book relies on the other ...

    I had this book sat on my kindle for some time before I got around to reading it, but once I started I couldn't put it down and read it in three sittings over less than 24 hours. It centres around a militant suffragette, Mattie, and 'what came next' after the vote had been won and afte...

    I really enjoyed this novel. Set largely in 1928, it has as its central characters two former suffragettes, Mattie Simpkin and Florence Lea, long known as the Flea, who live together near Hampstead Heath. Florence is the practical one, who keeps the household going, and is full of unre...

    Suffragette Mattie Simpkins has dedicated her life to fighting for womens? right to vote. She has tackled politicians, stood at the forefront of protests and inspired and buoyed the hopes and aspirations of so many under her wing. Now her life, which was once pulsing with speeches (h...