Feminism 13 May 2016 The HH Podcast #1.5: Fight Club The Hidden Histories podcast. GETTY Sign UpGet the New Statesman's Morning Call email. Sign-up Welcome to the fourth episode of Hidden Histories podcast series – The Great Forgetting: Women writers before Austen. In this episode, Helen Lewis and our guests Sophie Coulombeau, Liz Edwards and Jennie Batchelor thrash out the impossible question: Who is the most interesting female writer of the Eighteenth Century? Here's a few snippets about their chosen favourites: Liz Edwards on Hester Thrale Piozzi When Frances Burney asked her friend Hester Thrale if she’d ever been in love, Hester answered her yes – ‘with myself, & most passionately’. It’s a moment that sums up her voice – witty, unusual, lively, poised, self-mocking – a personal voice that defines her as a writer. Sophie Coulombeau on Frances Burney Her novels represent a bridge between the eighteenth-century picaresque and the Romantic quest to express interiority. They pioneer innovative literary techniques such as free indirect discourse. They give us an unrivalled window into eighteenth-century life: its fears, anxieties, pleasures and pains. Finally, they make a staunch argument for the validity and significance of ‘Female difficulties’. Jennie Batchelor on Anon Anon. is the most important figure in women’s literary history, arguably in literary history full stop. She has long been mis-understood and is undoubtedly a tricky customer but that’s why she’s so important. Anonymity was not, in the main, a veil or shield for 18th-century women writers, it, not signed authorship, was simply the default position. Listen using the player below.... .... or subscribe in iTunes. And learn about the series guests (and even more reading suggestions) at the series page. › One year in: reflections on 12 months as an MP Subscribe For the latest TV, art, films and book reviews subscribe for just £1 per month!