Just recently a new book has been published about Thomas Hardy's two sisters, Mary and Kate Hardy, written by Anne Johns and Jenny Head, who had both trained at the College of Sarum St Michael in Salisbury some 100 years after the Hardy sisters had been there.
It's a fascinating and engaging documentary on the sisters who have not really been written about before in such detail. It's well researched and written with honesty and respect. I was so absorbed with this book that I finished reading it in just a few days. That doesn't happen very often!
Obviously I found it intriguing because of my links to the Hardy family, but also it's just such a lovely human interest story of two sisters and how they not only lived in the shadow of their famous brother, but during a time when women didn't have the many choices we have today. I highly recommend this book.
Finding Thomas Hardy: Val Weedon
(The Hardy Society Journal: Summer 2019)