Book cover for West's World

West's World



27 February 2014
336 pages
Imprint: Pan


‘Brisk and affectionate . . . presents with discerning succinctness, a sharply etched portrait of a true original.’ John Carey, The Sunday Times

‘Riveting . . . a gripping story of a woman's life that was such a sprawling mess, such a catalogue of minor and major disasters, mistakes, enmities and discomforts, that one's jaw drops on every page.’ Country Life

'In this calm, well-researched biography, she does an excellent job of reminding us why West was so ahead of her time: she burst through the glass ceiling despite wreaking emotional havoc in the process.' Kathryn Hughes, Mail on Sunday

'Lorna Gibb makes the most of the reams of paper that West and her many friends and acquaintances produced.' Caroline Moorehead, Literary Review

'West's story is well worth retelling, not least because her personal and professional struggles, as an independent-minded woman, have proved both an inspiration and a warning ever since.' Anne Chisholm, Sunday Telegraph

'The offspring of literary parents rarely fare well, or so it seems in biography. Lorna Gibb's fair and balanced account of the life of Rebecca West finds itself almost as pre-occupied with West's relationship with her son as with the writer itself. Is this a bad thing? Not when such a relationship reveals so much about the woman and the writer: then it becomes essential.' Lesley McDowell, Independent

'Captures vividly West's contradictions. A wonderful read about a feminist life lived in the full glare of the twentieth century.' Times Higher Educational Supplement