THE MAN WHO UNDERSTOOD WOMEN AND OTHER STORIES
ISBN 978-1909 807-25-9
Arcadia Books Ltd.
The Man Who Understood Women brings together a collection of short stories, syndicated worldwide and published over the last 50 years, which reflect the changing role of women in society. Between 1956 and 2013 the stories have appeared in magazines including Adam International Review and Cosmopolitan – as well as in HouseWife, Good Housekeeping and Woman’s Realm, titles which in themselves provide a reflection of their readers’ erstwhile place in society.
The stories in this collection shed light on the social emancipation and growing independence of women as they begin to overturn centuries of tradition. While each story may not take long to read, their effects are far reaching and they are as entertaining today as when they first appeared.
Reflecting a gradual but heady change in women’s circumstances, The Man Who Understood Women provides a perceptive and convincing picture of inner lives which contemplate a future for women brighter and infinitely more exciting than any they had hitherto imagined. From the spinsterish Miss Phipps, with her lending library, who opens the door for her female readers to fulfil their fantasies – through the man whose life is haunted by an adolescent misdemeanour and the sad and sexually predatory New York millionairess – to the modern divorcée who briskly road-tests her internet date, the stories provide a witty and poignant portrait of women in a rapidly changing world.