MISS OWEN-OWEN IS AT HOME by Margaret Forster


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Here is another of Miss Forster's cantankerous curios. You won't feel as at home with Miss Owen-Owen as you did on the Travels of Maudie Tipstaff (1967, p. 1161) but neither will you forget her. Miss Owen-Owens is obstinate, determined, abusive, intolerant and, always, terribly right. Here she takes up her first position as headmistress of the Seacrill High School for Girls, a provincial little school in small town England. An ardent, aggressive feminist, Miss Owen-Owen sets out to push, pull or pummel Seacrill into the twentieth century. Which she attempts by instituting sex seminars, advocating the pill and replacing aprons with miniskirts as sewing projects in Home Economics. Seacrill is alternately shocked, bemused, amused and stubbornly resistant. Eventually Miss Owen-Owen discovers that the school is going-to become consolidated; she decides to turn it into a private school and declares war on the Establishment. But Miss Owen-Owen's own worst enemy is her own well-intentioned but tactless self so you'll watch her battles with a kind of awed sympathy. She is disconcertingly alive. By the author of Georgy Girl.

Pub Date: June 1st, 1969
Publisher: Simon & Schuster