Neglected Women Writers’ Month: Sylvia Thompson

Sylvia Thompson is our next author, so neglected that I could find very little information about her over and above the basics.  I could also only find one photograph of her, despite relatively extensive Internet searching, and have not included it as it was ruined rather by a watermark, and no quotes from her work either.  She is certainly amongst the most mysterious on my list, which makes me all the more keen to track down some of her books.

Born in Scotland in September 1902, Sylvia Thompson was best known for being a novelist, writer, and public speaker.  She attended Somerville College, Oxford, and was a contemporary of Vera Brittain and Winifred Holtby’s.  In 1926, she married the artist Theodore Luling, with whom she had three daughters.  Sylvia Thompson died in 1968, aged 65, in Surrey.


  • The Hounds of Spring (1926)
  • Battle of the Horizons (1928)
  • Chariot wheels (1929)
  • Portrait by Caroline (1931)
  • Summer’s Night (1932)
  • Unfinished Symphony (1933)
  • Breakfast in Bed (1934)
  • A Silver Rattle (1935)
  • Third Act in Venice (1936)
  • Recapture the Moon (1937)
  • The Adventure of Christopher Columin (1939)
  • The Gulls Fly Inland (1941)
  • The People Opposite (1948)
  • The Candle’s Glory (1953)


– Margaret Drabble on Enid Bagnold and her writing: The Guardian
– Michael Thornton on an exhibition of Enid Bagnold’s life, and his memories of her: The Telegraph


4 thoughts on “Neglected Women Writers’ Month: Sylvia Thompson

  1. Gosh – for someone who produced so many books it’s odd that she’s so obscure. There is a little bit about some of her books on the Furrowed Middlebrow blog if you check it out!

  2. I have a copy of The Hounds of Spring that I really must find time to read soon, but I know next to nothing about its author. I think Nicola Beauman mentions her in A Very Great Profession, explaining why I picked up the book when I spotted it.

    • Oh, that’s wonderful! Beauman’s book inspired me to start this series; I can’t fathom how many wonderful female authors must have faded into obscurity over the years!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s