The Back of the Book: Reader, I will give you a warning. This is a foot-off-the-ground novel that came by the left hand.
Pompey Casmilus works as a secretary for a prestigious magazine publisher, and scribbles down – on yellow office paper – her wonderful thoughts. She muses about anything and everything that enters her highly original mind: Nazi Germany, the Catholic Church, sex education … But most of all she thinks about love: love for friends, and love for Freddy – for Pompey is young and in love, but must she marry? Novel on Yellow Paper (1936) introduced Stevie Smith’s loquacious alter ego and heroine Pompey Casmilus. Her idiosyncratic voice is heard at its most characteristic in a novel which casts an acute sidelong look at London life in the thirties. It remains one of the most distinguished fictions of this century.