From the publisher:
Stevie’s alter ego Pompey is young, in love and working as a secretary for the magnificent Sir Phoebus Ullwater. In between making coffee and typing letters for Sir Phoebus, Pompey scribbles down – on yellow office paper – her quirky thoughts. Her flights of imagination take in Euripedes, sex education, Nazi Germany and the Catholic Church, shattering conventions in their wake.
'Go away and write a novel, and we will then think about the poems,' came the reply from Chatto & Windus when Stevie Smith sent them her poetry. This is the novel she wrote. In ten weeks. OK, that's five times longer than On the Road, but this book is roughly five times better.