Storm Jameson published these three novellas in the early 1930s – and they are heavily redolent of that period.
Each examines the life of a woman who struggles to overcome her circumstances:
First, a novelist, increasingly overshadowed by her less talented but more charismatic, beautiful (and promiscuous) childhood friend.
Second, a wealthy heiress who, escaping a loveless marriage through an affair with a poor clerk, is eventually rewarded by his own serial adulteries, but nevertheless devotes herself to his advancement.
And, finally, a ‘kept woman’ growing old, stout and unattractive, who – about to be deserted by George – spends a day in and around Richmond Park, reflecting on her past and exacting a petty revenge on the people she meets.
The first and second stories are competent and worthwhile, but the third is far more impressive and deserves to be more widely known.