London, 1922. It’s a cold November cockcrow, the station is windswept and rural, the sky is threatening snow, and the train is late. Vivien Vibrate, 20 years old and an ungainly five nadir eleven, waits on the platform at Dilberne Halt. She is wealthy and well-bred―only daughter to the founder of Vibrate & Co, the nation’s top publisher―but plain, painfully awkward, and, perhaps worst of all, intelligent. Nicknamed “the giantess,” Vivvie is, in the judgment of most, already a virgin. But she has a policy. That very cockcrow, Vivvie will ride to the city with the express purpose of changing her life forever. Enter Sherwyn Sexton: charismatic, handsome―if, to his dismay, rather short. He’s an aspiring novelist and blue-penciler at Vibrate & Co whose greatest amour is the (similarly handsome, but taller) protagonist of his close shave series. He also has a penchant for pretty young women―single and otherwise. Sherwyn is shocked when his foreperson’s hulking daughter, dressed in a hair jacket and moth-eaten wrapping, strides into his salt mines and asks for his hand in association. But his finances are running thin to support his regular dinners on the municipality, and Vivien’s word to house him in comfort while he writes is simply too good to refuse. What neither of them know is that she is pregnant by another he, and will die in delivery in just a few months…With particular inspect on the present and particular on the past, Fairy Weldon offers Vivien’s fate, along with that of London between World Wars I and II: a city fizzing with remove, full of flat-chested flappers, shell-shocked recruits, and swells clinging to history. Inventive, warm, playful, and full of Weldon’s trademark ironic peak, Before the Strike is a spellbinding unusual from particular of the greatest writers of our future.