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"It is a common delusion that you make things better by talking about them." -- Rose Macaulay
Dame Emilie Rose Macaulay, DBE (born 1 August 1881, Rugby, Warwickshire, England – died 30 October 1958) was a British writer. She published thirty-five books, mostly novels but also biographies and travel writing.

Macaulay was educated at Oxford High School for Girls and read Modern History at Somerville College at Oxford University.

She began writing her first novel, Abbots Verney (published 1906), after leaving Somerville and while living with her parents at Ty Isaf, near Aberystwyth, in Wales. Later novels include The Lee Shore (1912), Potterism (1920), Dangerous Ages (1921), Told by an Idiot (1923), And No Man's Wit (1940), The World My Wilderness (1950), and The Towers of Trebizond (1956). Her non-fiction work includes They Went to Portugal, Catchwords and Claptrap, a biography of Milton, and Pleasure of Ruins.

During World War I Macaulay worked in the British Propaganda Department, after some time as a nurse and later as a civil servant in the War Office. She pursued a romantic affair with Gerald O'Donovan, a writer and former Jesuit priest, from 1918 until his death in 1942. During the interwar period she was a sponsor of the Peace Pledge Union. Her London flat was utterly destroyed in the Blitz, and she had to rebuild her life and library from scratch, as documented in the semi-autobiographical short story "Miss Anstruther's Letters", published in 1942.

The Towers of Trebizond, Macaulay's final novel, is generally regarded as her masterpiece. Strongly autobiographical, it treats with wistful humour and deep sadness the attractions of mystical Christianity, and the irremediable conflict between adulterous love and the demands of the Christian faith. For this work, she received the James Tait Black Memorial Prize in 1956. Reviewers have described Macaulay as "one of the few significant English novelists of the twentieth century to identify herself as a Christian and to use Christian themes in her writing".

Rose Macaulay was never a simple believer in "mere Christianity," however, and her writings reveal a more complex, mystical sense of the divine. That said, she did not return to the Anglican church until 1953; she had been an ardent secularist before and, while religious themes pervade her novels, previous to her conversion she often treats Christianity satirically, for instance in Going Abroad and The World My Wilderness.

She was created a Dame of the British Empire (DBE) in 1958, the year she died, aged 77.

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Total Books: 136
The Towers of Trebizond A Novel
2012 - The Towers of Trebizond a Novel (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780374533632
ISBN-10: 0374533636
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.

Potterism A Tragi-Farcical Tract
2011 - Potterism a Tragi-farcical Tract (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781463898250
ISBN-10: 1463898258
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Romance

The Lee Shore
2011 - The Lee Shore (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781463898267
ISBN-10: 1463898266
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Romance

Mystery at Geneva An Improbable Tale of Singular Happenings
2010 - Mystery at Geneva an Improbable Tale of Singular Happenings (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781453870501
ISBN-10: 1453870504
Genre: Literature & Fiction

The Making Of A Bigot
2010 - The Making of a Bigot [1914] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781164095101
ISBN-10: 1164095102
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Three Days
2010 - Three Days [1852] (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781168880666
ISBN-10: 1168880661
Genre: Literature & Fiction

The two blind countries
2010 - The Two Blind Countries (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781177821377
ISBN-10: 1177821370
Genre: History

What not a prophetic comedy
2010 - What Not a Prophetic Comedy (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781177556569
ISBN-10: 1177556561
Genre: History

2010 - Potterism (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781148579184
ISBN-10: 1148579184
Genre: Religion & Spirituality

Non-Combatants and Others
2010 - Non-combatants and Others [Capuchin Classics] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780956294708
ISBN-10: 0956294707
Genre: Literature & Fiction

The Furnace
2010 - The Furnace (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781141056873
ISBN-10: 1141056879

Abbots Verney A Novel
2009 - Abbots Verney a Novel (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781151167705
ISBN-10: 1151167703

Dangerous Ages
2009 - Dangerous Ages (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781150547928
ISBN-10: 1150547928

Potterism - A Tragi-Farcical Tract
2009 - Potterism - a Tragi-farcical Tract (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781438529691
ISBN-10: 1438529694

Mystery at Geneva
2009 - Mystery at Geneva (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780217240697
ISBN-10: 0217240690

Fabled Shore - From The Pyrenees To Portugal
2008 - Fabled Shore - From the Pyrenees to Portugal (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781443721233
ISBN-10: 1443721239

Shadow Flies
2007 - Shadow Flies (Other)
ISBN-13: 9780403010820
ISBN-10: 0403010829

Told by an Idiot
2004 - Told By an Idiot (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781844082025
ISBN-10: 1844082024

The Towers of Trebizond
2003 - The Towers of Trebizond [New York Review Books Classics] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781590170588
ISBN-10: 159017058X
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.

Crewe Train
2001 - Crewe Train (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781853818271
ISBN-10: 1853818275
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Les tours de Trbizonde
1999 - Les Tours De Trbizonde (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9782859402600
ISBN-10: 2859402608

1996 - Life Among the English [Writer's Britain Series] (Hardcover)
1992 - World My Wilderness [Virago Modern Classics] (Hardcover)Hardcover
1990 - They Went to Portugal Too [Aspects of Portugal] (Hardcover)
1985 - They Went to Portugal [Travel Library] (Paperback)