A History of Britain in 21 Women

A History of Britain in 21 Women Review

Britain has been defined by its conflicts, its conquests, its men, and its monarchs. To say that it’s high time that it was defined by its women falls some way short of an understatement.

Jenni Murray draws together the lives 21 women to shed light upon a variety of social, political, religious and cultural aspects of British history. In lively prose Murray reinvigorates the stories behind the names we all know and reveals the fascinating tales behind those less familiar, ultimately producing a unique history of Britain that is as long-overdue as it is absorbing. From famous queens to forgotten visionaries, and from great artists to our most influential political actors, A History of Britain in 21 Women is a veritable feast of page-turning history.

A History of Britain in 21 Women will profile Boudicca, Aphra Behn, Elizabeth I (this chapter will also feature Anne Boleyn and Mary Queen of Scots), Fanny Burney, Jane Austen, Mary Wollstonecraft, Constance Markievicz, Nancy Astor, Ada Lovelace, Caroline Herschel, Elizabeth Garrett Anderson, Millicent Garrett Fawcett, Emmeline Pankhurst, Gwen John, Rosalind Franklin, Ethel Smyth, Margaret Thatcher, Nicola Sturgeon, Mary Quant, Barbara Castle and Mary Somerville.

Title:A History of Britain in 21 Women
Edition Language:English

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    A History of Britain in 21 Women Reviews

  • Sara

    I seem to be reading a lot of feminist texts at the moment, but they’ve all been so good and empowering and, most importantly, inspirational. This was no exception. Easy to dip in and out of, it cha...

  • Katheryn Thompson

    “The history of the world is but the biography of great men.” Or so Thomas Carlyle claimed.Jenni Murray, a journalist and broadcaster who has presented BBC Radio 4’s Women’s Hour since 1987, p...

  • BAM The Bibliomaniac

    What a topical book! This is a must-have for high school girls in doubt, women interested in women's history, feminists. I wish I had a hard copy so I could go through the women with you, but there is...

  • Bea

    Anyone had a particular book slump where there’s a book you’re mildly interested in but cannot get yourself to pick up and read? Yeah.DNF AT 45%...

  • Kelly

    A really great book that looks at 21 women who have changed history for the female sex. There are a wide range of women from ones we all know, such as Elizabeth I, Margaret Thatcher and Emmeline Pankh...

  • Emma

    I received this book as a gift from my best friend when I went back home to visit and it was such a lovely surprise! I'm really glad I finally had the chance to read it.I've always been a lover of his...

  • Hermien

    Not only very interesting short biographies of the 21 women, but also a good reminder to appreciate the freedoms women now enjoy which shouldn't be taken for granted. ...

  • Rachel Ruddick

    I had read Mary beards SPQR recently and was hoping for a history book that was equally rich and satisfying. This book is not that kind of book. It reads like a cross between a set of Wikipedia pages ...

  • Colin

    There were a few here I hadn't heard of - or had heard but knew nothing. They're a mixed bag including an Irish nationalist and a Scottish one, as well as Thatcher, along with a wide range of writers,...

  • c,

    some thoughts:(1) shame the author's a terf huh...(2) it was interesting in a way, because about half of these women are ones i've never heard of so that was cool, but then later on it went with some ...