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Single Journey Only

A Memoir

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Ursula Owen has been a significant figure in the worlds of literature and free expression since the 1970s. A founding director of Virago Press in 1974, she worked there with a committed team as the company rapidly developed an international reputation, repositioning and rediscovering women writers and, over two decades, transforming both the literary canon and the contemporary publishing world. During the 1990s, Owen became Cultural Policy Advisor to the Labour Party and Chief Executive of Index on Censorship. Yet behind these and other signal achievements lies the story of a refugee, a child who fled the Nazis, was educated at Putney High School, went up to Oxford, worked as a psychiatric social worker, travelled extensively, married and became a mother. In this compelling memoir, we discover an extraordinary life, with all its messiness, and meet a woman who's always fought for ideas against a background of the tumultuous conflicts of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

Product code: 9781784631871

ISBN 9781784631871
Dimensions H216xW135xS26
No. of pages 368
Publisher Salt Publishing
Ursula Owen's wide-ranging memoir begins with her fleeing Nazi Germany, explores her education and travels, her life in Egypt, Lebanon and the USA, explores her successful publishing career, her campaigning for freedom of expression, and ends with her still feeling an outsider while playing vital roles at the cultural heart of contemporary Britain.