Etta Lemon: The Woman Who Saved the Birds (Paperback)
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Etta Lemon: The Woman Who Saved the Birds (Paperback)

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Paperback 320 Pages / Published: 01/06/2021
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Read the fascinating story of one of the greatest unsung figures of the nature conservation movement, founder of the RSPB and icon of early animal rights activism, Etta Lemon.

A heroine for our times, Etta Lemon campaigned for fifty years against the worldwide slaughter of birds for extravagantly feathered hats. Her legacy is the RSPB, grown from an all-female pressure group of 1889 with the splendidly simple pledge: Wear No Feathers.

Etta's long battle against 'murderous millinery' triumphed with the Plumage Act of 1921 - but her legacy has been eclipsed by the more glamorous campaign for the vote, led by the elegantly plumed Emmeline Pankhurst.

This gripping narrative explores two formidable heroines and their rival, overlapping campaigns. Moving from the feather workers' slums to high society, from the first female political rally to the rise of the eco-feminist, it restores Etta Lemon to her rightful place in history - the extraordinary woman who saved the birds.

ETTA LEMON was originally published in hardback in 2018 under the title of MRS PANKHURST'S PURPLE FEATHER.

'A great story of pioneering conservation.'
KATE HUMBLE

'Quite brilliant. Meticulous and perceptive. A triumph of a book.'
CHARLIE ELDER

'Shocking and entertaining. The surprising story of the campaigning women who changed Britain."
VIRGINIA NICHOLSON

'A fascinating and moving story, vividly told.'
JOHN CAREY

'A fascinating clash of two causes: rights for women and rights for birds to fly free not adorn suffragettes' hats. An illuminating story, provocative, well-researched and brilliantly told.'
DIANA SOUHAMI

Publisher: Aurum Press
ISBN: 9780711263383
Number of pages: 320
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'Boase has done a superb job of linking her personalities, and painting vivid pictures of their life struggles and fighting techniques. This book is an unputdownable account of a forgotten campaign, and of a group of women who have been hidden from history for too long.'
* Women's History Review *

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“Etta Lemon”

I love this book so much that I have both the hardback version (Mrs Pankhurst's Purple Feather) and the paperback which rightfully gives the glorious Etta Lemon top billing. Described as sometimes "hard to... More

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“Etta and Emmeline: Two Heroines, Two Campaigns”

My thanks to Aurum Press and NetGalley for a review copy of the book.

Etta Lemon: The Woman Who Saved Birds tells the story of Margaretta ‘Etta’ Lemon, who worked for around five decades to bring an end to a cruel... More

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