Shelf-Control #10

Shelf Control is a weekly instalment created and hosted by Bookshelf Fantasies. I love the idea of looking at my own bookshelf and getting excited to read what I already own. Here the little introduction from Bookshelf Fantasies:

Instead of always looking ahead to upcoming new releases, I thought I’d start a weekly feature focusing on already released books that I want to read. Consider this a variation of a Wishing & Waiting post… but looking at books already available, and in most cases, books that are either on my shelves or on my Kindle!

You can find the original post here.

Title: The Heavenly Twins

Author: Sarah Grand

Published: 1893 (My edition is Ann Arbor Paperbacks one from 1993, I don’t think this book is printed gain but you can find secondhand version of this edition on Amazon. It is also available on, I would not recommend getting a modern reprint as they’re often poor quality and unreadable…)

Length: 736 pages

What it’s about (from Goodreads and Wikipedia):

A fascinating exploration of gender issues and feminist agendas of the New Woman movement of the late 1800s.

The New Woman novel was a development of the late 19th century. New Woman novelists and characters encouraged and supported several types of political action in Britain. For some women, the New Woman movement provided support for women who wanted to work and learn for themselves, and who started to question the idea of marriage and the inequality of women. For other women, especially Sarah Grand, the New Woman movement allowed women to speak out not only about the inequality of women, but about middle-class women’s responsibilities to the nation. In The Heavenly Twins Grand demonstrates the dangers of the moral double standard which overlooked men’s promiscuity while punishing women for the same acts. More importantly, however, Grand argues in The Heavenly Twins that in order for the British nation to grow stronger, middle-class women must choose mates with whom they might produce strong, well-educated children.

How and when I got it:

I bought this book for uni last year, and I studied a couple of chapters but didn’t read the whole thing.

Why I want to read it:

I loved the chapter we studied in class SO MUCH. I did a presentation and wrote an essay on it, tht’s how much I loved it. The passage was about a young woman dressing as her twin brother to be able to walk around at night, like George Sand. I really want to read the rest of the story because I know Grand tackles so many of the issues women had to face during the the 19th century.

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