Event 24

Thursday 9th November 2023 | 10.30 am

Event 24 | Ysenda Maxtone Graham | Jobs for the Girls


Ysenda Maxtone Graham – Jobs for the Girls – How We Set Out to Work in the Typewriter Age

Drawn from real life memories in interviews with women from all sections of society, this is a lively chronicle of British women’s working lives from the 1950s through cardigans and pearls, via mini-skirts and bottom pinching, to shoulder pads and the ping of the first emails in the early 1990s. Graham conveys with humour the full range of experience and flavour of work places; the jollities as well as the drudgeries, the good men as well as the vile ones, the nasty women as well as the heroines, the office crushes as well as the romances. A wonderfully witty social history of the typewriter age.

In conversation with Prue Keely

When: Thursday 9th November 2023 @ 10.30 am
Where: The Bull Ballroom
Sponsored by: Georgia Langton


Ysenda Maxtone Graham was born in 1962 and educated at The King’s School, Canterbury and Girton College, Cambridge. She has written for many newspapers and magazines and is the author of six books: The Church Hesitant: A Portrait of the Church of England Today; The Real Mrs Miniver, which was shortlisted for the Whitbread Biography of the Year Award; Mr Tibbits’s Catholic School; An Insomniac’s Guide to the Small Hours; Terms & Conditions: Life in Girls’ Boarding Schools, 1939-1979; British Summer Time Begins: The School Summer Holidays, 1930-1980, which was a Sunday Times bestseller. She lives in London with her husband and three sons. 

Prue Keely earned her living as a reporter, foreign correspondent and programme editor in broadcasting, working for LBC, Channel Four News and BBC Radio 4.  Since she gave that up, she’s been on the board of several charities, served as a member and Chair of the Independent Monitoring Board at Portland Prison and is now Senior Independent Governor of Arts University Bournemouth.. In other words, she’s always been a girl with a job!


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