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When There's a Woman in the Room: Women MPs Shaping Public Policy
When There's a Woman in the Room: Women MPs Shaping Public Policy
by Boni Sones
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars A really important book, 28 April 2014
This book follows Sone's previous examination and analysis of women in Westminster, which provided a fascinating insight into the progress - and lack of - made in addressing the gender imbalance in Parliament. When There's a Woman in the Room takes us on the next leg of the journey, looking into the impact and views of women in Westminster on the key public policy issues of the day. Using these issues as a lense through which to gauge the role of female parliamentarians works really well, providing a revealing account of the ways in which the UK has and hasn't changed in terms of both gender equality and in relation to a backdrop of economic downturn and public expenditure cuts. Generally an interesting read, but especially valuable for those interested in women's role in 21st century British politics.


Women in Parliament: The New Suffragettes
Women in Parliament: The New Suffragettes
by Boni Sones
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Really the only book of its kind, 14 Jun 2013
Women in Parliament is a fascinating read for a number of reasons, not least because there really has been no other comparable account of the significant gender shift in Parliament over the last two decades. Considering the way in which the number of women MPs increased in the 90s, to understand politics today requires understanding the ground-breaking shift during that period. The book is also very readable with a keen attention to detail on many of the quirks and foibles the new female MPs faced - making it often amusing, and sometimes quite shocking. The fact that the book has been produced by a journalist working with two academics comes through clearly, in the sense that it forensically charts the history and legacy of women in parliament on the one hand, whilst giving a very human and engaging face to their stories on the other. Thoroughly recommend it - and would hope for an updated edition, charting latest changes...


Our Island Story: A History of Britain for Boys and Girls from the Romans to Queen Victoria
Our Island Story: A History of Britain for Boys and Girls from the Romans to Queen Victoria
by Henrietta Elizabeth Marshall
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.22

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5.0 out of 5 stars A sumptuous new edition, 6 Mar 2007
Even if you've already got the hardback edition of Our Island Story, this new paperback version truly is a keepsake worth buying. The publishers have really put the icing on the cake with this edition by taking a series of glorious paintings from the Palace of Westminster to illustrate H.E Marshall's magical retelling of history. These surprisingly sharp and colourful reproductions will undoubtedly delight children and adults alike with their sumptuous detail.
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