Business as Usual


Hilary Fane has arrived in London to look for a job so she can have the satisfaction of supporting herself for a year before marrying her Edinburgh fiancé. He’s not pleased. Her new colleagues are frosty. Her rented room is horrible. How is she going to manage?

A charming, funny and perceptive novel from 1933, Business as Usual by Jane Oliver and Ann Stafford is written in letters and departmental memos with delightful illustrations. This book is charming, light, intelligent, heart-warming, funny, and entertaining.

Business as Usual  is deeply interesting for the descriptions of shopping in the 1930s, and for its unflinching descriptions of social conditions, poverty and illegitimacy.