- Netherwood draws heavily on class distinctions in early twentieth century Britain – did you find the attitudes discussed surprising or shocking?
- How would you compare and contrast Eve and Henrietta?
- What is the central theme of the book and how did it resonate with you?
- There is much food imagery in this novel. Can you explain why imagery is so important in the story and how effective it is?
- How are relationships between the classes portrayed in the book?
- Who is your favourite / least favourite character and how true did each of them feel?
- What do you think will happen in the next book in the series?
- There are a number of significant – and very different – male characters in this book. In what ways did each of them help or hinder Eve?
- There are various different businesses described in this novel – how does working life differ from today?
- What do you think Anna’s presence in Netherwood says about the political situation in the wider world?
- The turn of the twentieth-century was a time of great political change in Britain too – how does Netherwood reflect the catalysts for that?
- Do you think Eve, Henrietta and Anna are typical of their era and class?
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