A History of the World in 21 Women: A Personal Selection (Paperback)
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A History of the World in 21 Women: A Personal Selection (Paperback)

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Published: 05/09/2019
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From Ancient Egypt to twenty-first-century Australia, Jenni Murray charts the achievements and influence of twenty one female pioneers, creative artists and political leaders. An informal and accessible companion to her History of Britain in 21 Women, Murray’s book is an informative and enlightening guide to centuries of strong women.

Jenni Murray gives the lie to Thomas Carlyle's infamous declaration that 'the history of the world is but the biography of great men.' Women have played just as great a role in the story of humankind, only for their own tales to be marginalised, censored and forgotten. Their names should be shouted from the rooftops.

Marie Curie discovered radium and revolutionised medical science. Empress Cixi transformed China. Frida Kahlo turned an unflinching eye on life and death.

In A History of the World in 21 Women, Jenni Murray celebrates the lives, struggles and achievements of some of the most extraordinary people to have ever walked the Earth. They ruled empires, they led nations.

They were pioneers in the arts and geniuses of science. They led while others followed, spoke truth to power and fought for change. All left behind an indelible mark.

Publisher: Oneworld Publications
ISBN: 9781786076281
Number of pages: 304
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 22 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

‘Each story has been lovingly researched and crafted with care… The book is written in a fresh, accessible, at times witty style… Murray skilfully interweaves stories of the familiar with the lesser-known, and brings new information to light… Not only has Murray succeeded in her aim to celebrate women’s achievements, but this book is an achievement in itself – one that everyone who identifies as a feminist (and anyone who doesn’t) should read.’ - Resurgence & Ecologist

'Enlightening pieces of passion about 21 pioneering woman delivered with personal verve.' - LoveReading

‘Charming...[Murray’s] selection is pleasingly varied… but the strength of the collection lies in Murray’s relaxed and intimate style…  a testament to the achievements and the complicated legacies, of extraordinary women.’ - BBC History Magazine

‘In this interesting twist on collective biography…has chosen 21 women to document history… Whether browsing for fun or reading cover to cover, readers will find this equally satisfying.’ - Booklist

‘Ambitious, engaging and accessible. Who better than Jenni Murray to curate this whistle-stop tour of the globe and introduce twenty-one women who in different times and different places dared to be different?’ - Dr Anna Whitelock, author of Mary Tudor: England’s First Queen

‘A valuable resource for all readers. Jenni Murray’s collection of distinguished women is illuminating and inspiring.’ - Charlotte Gordon, author of Romantic Outlaws: The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley

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“Fantastic read”

The book is a really varied mix of exciting women. It's written in an engaging style and really brings the women to life. It makes you realize how much we are written out of history and minimised, when really we... More

Hardback edition
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“Discovering new history”

A very interesting selection of women both historical and modern presented in each chapter.
Some of these ladies I know a lot about already while others just a few facts here and there. The beauty of this book is... More

Paperback edition
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“A decent read...”

Murray has highlighted some key women from history, stretching out from 1500 BCE until modern day. In covering such a large space of time, the gaps are inevitable, and it's a bit of a shame that there wasn't... More

Paperback edition
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