MK Lit Fest Book Club
Old Baggage

by Lissa Evans

The Sky Room, MK Gallery

Sunday 22 September, 2.45pm: £5
Free tickets available for 16 - 25 year olds: click for details


'Moving, funny and the most satisfying of reads, Old Baggage is a delight from start to finish.'  - The Independent


Join us for MK Lit Fest Book Club, where - as well as hearing Lissa Evans read extracts from our chosen book - you will have a chance to ask your own questions. Please read the book if you can before attending to make this a truly participative event!


About Old Baggage
It is 1928. Matilda Simpkin, rooting through a cupboard, comes across a small wooden club – an old possession of hers, unseen for more than a decade. 
Mattie is a woman with a thrilling past and a chafingly uneventful present. During the women’s suffrage campaign she was a militant. Jailed five times, she marched, sang, gave speeches, smashed windows and heckled Winston Churchill, and nothing – nothing – since then has had the same depth, the same excitement.

Now in middle age, she is still looking for a fresh mould into which to pour her energies. Giving the wooden club a thoughtful twirl, she is struck by an idea – but what starts as a brilliantly idealistic plan is derailed by a connection with Mattie’s militant past, one which begins to threaten every principle that she stands for.

About Lissa Evans

Lissa Evans comes from a  West Midlands family of voracious readers and spent most of her adolescence in the local library. After studying medicine, she worked as a junior doctor before changing to a career in which she wasn’t terrified the entire time; jobs in BBC Radio light entertainment and television followed, producing and directing series including Room 101 and Father TedShe has written five novels for adults (one of which, Their Finest Hour and a Half, was filmed in 2017)  and still reads voraciously.

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