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A History of Britain in 21 Women
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Giving insight into life for women over the last hundred years like never before, The Century Girls is an eye-opening window into how the seismic political and social changes of the last century have fundamentally changed ordinary women’s lives. From the women’s suffrage movement and gaining the vote, to the aftermath of the Second World War, the Thatcher era and beyond, this is a unique social history delivered through the personal testimony of six ordinary women who saw the century unfurl. 

A celebration of the one-hundred years since British women got the vote, told, in their own voices, by six centenarians: Helena, Olive, Edna, Joyce, Ann and Phyllis - The Century Girls.

In 2018, Britain celebrates the centenary of women getting the vote. During the intervening ten decades the lives of women in this country have been transformed beyond recognition. Told in their own voices, The Century Girls celebrates six centenarians who lived that change: what they saw, how they were treated, who they loved, what they did and where they are now. With stories that are intimately knitted into the history of these islands, The Century Girls is a time-travel adventure featuring some of society's oldest witnesses.

In 1918 the Suffragettes famously blazed the trail for women, this book reveals what came next for girls growing up in twentieth century Great Britain, whether they resided in Scotland, England, Wales or Northern Ireland; whether they were housewives, or in the workplace; from the city, the countryside, or coming to the British Isles from the one of the Commonwealth countries.

The narrative travels through the experiences of some key figures who are now themselves well over a hundred years old: Joyce from Cambridge; Ann from Richmond; Edna from Wroughton; Olive from Archway, London; Phyllis from Edinburgh; and finally, Helena from Brecon. Through the prism of their own experiences and memories, it tells the human story of how women gradually began to build independent lives for themselves in the modern world of post-Great War Britain, by re-telling what their actual day-to-day reality was like, through the decades.


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The Debatable Land
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Tiny Histories
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Aelfred's Britain
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The RAF in 100 Objects
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The Last London
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Leanda de Lisle on the Myth of the White King

Leanda de Lisle discusses her page-turning new history of Charles I, White King, exploring pervasive ideas about identity, disability and gender.


The 20th Century

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Margaret Thatcher
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Stalin's Englishman: The Lives of Guy Burgess
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A History of Modern Britain
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Black Diamonds
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First Lady
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The Trial Of Lady Chatterley's Lover
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The 19th Century

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Victoria
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Victoria: The Queen
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The Victorian City
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Mansions of Misery
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Trafalgar
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In These Times
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Jack Tar
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Victoria
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Rifles
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1606
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Charles I (Penguin Monarchs)
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1666
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The English Civil War in 100 Facts
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The English Civil War
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Courtiers
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The Strangest Family
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The Tudors

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How to be a Tudor
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Crown of Blood
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The Lost Tudor Princess
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Thomas Cromwell
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The Six Wives Of Henry VIII
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Tudor
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Winter King
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This Orient Isle
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Medieval Britain

The Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England
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The Plantagenets
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The Hollow Crown
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In the Land of Giants
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William the Conqueror
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A Great and Terrible King
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Medieval Castles of England and Wales
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Anglo-Saxon Britain

The Private Lives of the Saints
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The King in the North
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A Brief History of the Anglo-Saxons
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AEthelred
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The Real Middle-Earth
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Ancient Britain

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Romans who Shaped Britain
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Roman Britain: A New History
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Under Another Sky
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Britain After Rome
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Britain Begins
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Irish History

Modern Ireland 1600-1972
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Ireland: The Autobiography
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Story of Ireland
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A Brief History of Ireland
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How The Irish Saved Civilization
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A Nation and not a Rabble
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Easter 1916
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Making Sense of the Troubles
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A Secret History of the IRA
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Buried Lives
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Vivid Faces
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Bad Blood
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Armed Struggle
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A Brief History of the Celts
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The Republic
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