TLP winner’s Noble Savages due in June

Cape is to publish on 6 June Noble Savages: The Olivier Sisters – Four Lives in Seven Fragments by Sarah Watling, whose proposal for the book won the Biographers’ Club Tony Lothian Prize (TLP) in 2016. Watling offers a group portrait of four women who intrigued figures including Rupert Brooke, DH Lawrence and Virginia Woolf. Margery and Daphne studied at Cambridge when education was still thought by some to be damaging to ovaries. Noel became a doctor; Daphne, a pioneering teacher; Margery’s promising trajectory was shot down by mental illness; Brynhild, the great beauty of the four, excelled as a Bloomsbury hostess, yet gave it up for love and a life of uncertainty.

Cape bills Noble Savages as “a compelling portrait of sisterhood in all its complexities, which rediscovers the lives of four extraordinary women within the varied fortunes of the feminism of their times, while illuminating the battles and ethics of biography itself”.

Noble Savages at Waterstones