Dora Russell was a journalist in Newfoundland at a time when married women didn’t usually work outside the home. From the 1940s to the 1960s, she brought up five children, worked as the women’s editor of the Evening Telegram in St. John’s, reported on the National Convention, and wrote newspaper columns, radio plays and books.
Ahead of Her Time: Select Writings of Dora Russell, edited by her daughter, Elizabeth Miller, is a captivating mix of politics, humour and reflections on family life. Russell’s pithy remarks about the tourism industry, drunk drivers, and the need for women in politics address issues that are still with us today. The juxtaposition of politics and homemaking is irresistible: in one diary entry she celebrates her husband’s win in Newfoundland’s first provincial election, and in the next she is planting flower seeds in her garden.
Dora Russell’s voice comes across clearly through her writing as someone you would love to know better.
Ahead of Her Time: Select Writings of Dora Russell
Edited by Elizabeth Miller
$19.95, paperback, 250 pp.
Creative Book Publishing, 2015