a book about women’s changing lives…

‘The Women’s Century:a celebration of changing roles 1900 – 2000’ by Mary Turner: is a survey of the twentieth century’s major social revolution: the first comprehensive review of how real women’s lives changed. From Mrs Pankhurst to Mrs Thatcher and Princess Diana the book explores how strong-minded women changed our view of the world. It includes examples from the lives of ordinary women so they are not forgotten.
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more books about women…

Below is a selection of books about remarkable women that you may enjoy. They are not arranged in any particular order – it is not a definitive list nor is it meant to be a guide to serious study. Click on title to buy through amazon.

‘Rebel Girls’ by Jill Liddington draws on new evidence to reveal the untold stories of young suffragettes including that of Dora Thewlis, nicknamed the ‘Baby Suffragette’, whose picture was splashed across The Daily Mirror. Shortlisted for the PORTICO PRIZE FOR LITERATURE well worth reading.

‘Amy Johnson’ by Midge Gillies: relates the story of Amy Johnson, an ordinary typist, whose passion for flying and sheer determination led her to overcome a number of obstacles (not least the belief of one of her instructors that she’d never make a pilot) to conquer the skies.

Beatrix Potter: A Life in Nature‘ by Linda Lear: examines the life of Beatrix Potter, best known for her tales of Peter Rabbit and his friends. But as Linda shows, Beatrix was much more than a children’s writer. (For brief details of her life see the woman of the month section of this website).

‘The Bugatti Queen’ by Miranda Seymour: tells the story of Hélène Delangle, daughter of a poor postmaster, who became a model, stripper and dancer before transforming herself into France’s premier woman racing driver and celebrity extraordinaire.

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‘Josephine Butler’ by Jane Jordan: examines the life of Josephine Butler who, at a time when ‘respectable’ women were supposed to remain ignorant of the existence of prostitution, shocked society by speaking out and campaigning against it.

‘Catherine the Great – Love, Sex and Power’ by Virginia Rounding: is the latest biography of the woman who rose from the ‘feudal anthill’ to become ‘Empress of all the Russias’. This very readable account is hard to put down.

‘Courtesans’ by Katie Hickman: describes the lives of 5 of the most celebrated English courtesans who, though selling themselves to the highest bidder, arguably remained more independent than their more respectable sisters.

‘Discovering Dorothea’ by Karolyn Shindler tells the story of Dorothea Bate, fossil-hunter extraordinaire and the first woman employed by the Natural History Museum. A fascinating story about a remarkable woman.

‘A Profound Secret’ by Josceline Dimbleby: is the fascinating account of the investigation into the relationship between May Gaskell, the author’s great-grandmother, and the painter Edward Burne-Jones.

‘Violette Szabo’ by Susan Ottaway: relates the heroic story of Violette Szabo, one of the women SOE agents who were dropped behind enemy lines during the second world war. Violette was posthumously awarded the George Cross for her bravery.