The Independent London Newspaper
20th January 2017

Phyllis Bottome – a significant figure

    Published: 5 January, 2017

    • WITH regard to your article about Phyllis Bottome (Review, December 29) the connection with Ian Fleming is interesting, especially to James Bond fans, but she is worthy of attention for many reasons. 

    As my biography, The Constant Liberal: the Life and Work of Phyllis Bottome (published in 2010) makes clear, she was a writer full of passionate integrity, whose novels were best sellers in her day. Although British she lived in mainland Europe for many years and had a sure grasp of the turbulent politics leading to the rise of fascism in Germany. 

    Her 1937 novel The Mortal Storm was turned into a film of the same name in 1940. 

    It starred James Stewart and was a box office champ credited with being part of the British campaign to change America’s isolationist policy. 

    Dr PAM HIRSCH, NW5

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