The River Crossing – Peter Rippon

One woman, three journeys, many perspectives.

A chance find in one of Hay-on-Wye’s many bookshops, this has turned out to be one of my favourite books of the year so far.

Part historical novel, part mystery with a romantic hue, this slight novel demanded to be read in one sitting. A rare book, combining history and travel, together with astute observations on the emerging desire of and support for women to be able to share in the freedoms and the intellectual and educational becoming opportunities available in the closing decades of the 19th century.

An excellent read for anyone who enjoys history (in particular women’s history) and travel. And not as heavy as I might have made it sound!