Radical: Ethel Mannin 'Confessions and Impressions' (1930)

A prolific novelist and memoirist, Ethel Mannin cleverly smuggled lots of controversial ideas into this best-selling autobiography.

  • Freud’s influence on Mannin is clear at various points in the book because she is deeply interested in childhood as a political and cultural idea.
  • Her chapters on schooling are very focused on telling readers about the vulnerability of children to scolding, humiliation and physical violence.
  • She told her school teacher that her flag was the red flag – an incendiary statement if ever there was one.

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