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Bloody Brilliant Women: The Pioneers, Revolutionaries and Geniuses Your History Teacher Forgot to Mention (Hardback)Cathy Newman (author)
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Channel 4 journalist, Newman brings a winning style to this survey of history’s forgotten women. Informative, well-researched and witty, it’s never less than thoroughly engaging.
A fresh, opinionated history of all the brilliant women you should have learned about in school but didn't.
In this freewheeling, feminist history of modern Britain, Channel 4 journalist Cathy Newman explores the motivations of the women who played a crucial role in the dramatic transformations that took place in British women's lives from the mid-nineteenth century onward.
While a few of them are now household names, many more have faded into oblivion. We know of Emmeline Pankhurst, Vera Brittain, Marie Stopes and Beatrice Webb, but who, outside of academic circles, remembers engineer and chain-smoking motorbike racer Beatrice Shilling, whose device for the Spitfires' Rolls-Royce Merlin engines made the RAF's planes as performant as the Luftwaffe's? Or Dorothy Lawrence, the journalist who achieved her ambition to become a First World War correspondent by pretending to be a man? And the developmental biologist Anne McLaren, whose work in genetics paved the way for in vitro fertilisation?
Bloody Brilliant Women is an engaging, chatty book that seeks to restore these pioneering women to their place in British history. Blending meticulous research with information gleaned from memoirs, diaries, letters, novels and other secondary sources, it tells the story of the first and second waves of feminism, a story shaped by the vagaries of class, money and the century's momentous events, and which could not have happened without the stepping stones laid by the Mary Wollstonecrafts, Mary Carpenters and Octavia Hills of previous centuries.
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 640 g
Dimensions: 240 x 159 x 35 mm
'Here they come, the "monstrous regiment" of women... marching from the shadows of the past into the sunlight of the future. In this exhilarating book, women in their hundreds emerge from obscurity, reinforcing what we always suspected: women have been active, resourceful, inventive and inspiring throughout history. This is a golden book, setting out the record of women's achievements so they can never be challenged again.' - Joan Bakewell
'For far too long, women's achievements have been airbrushed out of history. In this groundbreaking book, the first of its kind, Cathy Newman has done a bloody brilliant job of painting them back in bright, vivid colours. She has repaid the debt due by all of us to women pioneers of the past and created a treasure trove of inspiration for women of today and tomorrow. I just wish this book had been written when I was growing up.' - Nicola Sturgeon
'Powerful, poignant and often provoking - this book shines a light on the contribution of women of all ages, ethnicities, faiths and backgrounds who have helped to make our city and country so great. Cathy Newman narrates the stories of women who have helped shape the world in which we live today, by challenging gender stereotypes, smashing glass ceilings and blazing a trail for the next generation to follow. Eloquently written and hugely enjoyable to read.' - Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London
'Brilliant, enlightening, and a powerful reminder of the extraordinary and sustained courage of the women who fought against overwhelming odds for equality of opportunity, for rights and respect. This book is so important. No library, no school or university, should be without a copy.' - Michael Morpurgo
'Cathy has done a great service to women and girls by telling so many amazing stories and by doing so has shown what a bloody brilliant woman she is' - Martha Lane Fox
'An excellent and engaging read with which to conclude the centenary year of women's suffrage' - The Bookseller
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