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Windlestraws is the story of a well to do family in British high society, and Jean, the woman hired as private secretary to Sir Reginald Falconer, the owner of the countryside property named Windlestraws and a parliamentarian. The word windlestraw is a British word referring to a thin dry stalk of grass or a grass used for plaiting or making ropes. [Suggest a different description.]
Author Bio for Bottome, Phyllis
In her 60-year career she published 33 novels, several of them bestsellers, short stories, essays, biographies and memoirs. She lectured widely in Britain and America. She was translated into nine languages. Her 1937 novel The Mortal Storm predicted the horrific consequences of Fascism. MGM made a film of it, starring James Stewart — the studio’s first openly anti-Nazi film. It premiered in America in 1940, just as Hitler’s troops entered Paris, and was arguably influential in persuading the US to abandon its isolationist stance.
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