13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 12 February 2006
It's 1914 and Polly is twelve. She lives in a flat at No 6 Chelsea Walk in middle class Chelsea. Polly often feels bored. Everyone expects her to behave like a 'little lady'. Then two young women move into the flat above and they have different ideas. Very different. They think women can do anything. One is a suffragette, the other a suffragist. (With a lightness of touch Linda Newbery shows the difference.) Polly's parents forbid her to talk to these dangerous young women, but Polly, fired by their ideas, wants to act. Dare she join the demonstration in Hyde Park and march on Chelsea Town Hall? This is an ideal book to educate a new generation about the struggle for the vote, but it's also great entertainment with wonderfully realistic characters and a lot of humour deriving from Polly's sparky personality. My previous 'fave suffragette book' was Marjorie Darke's A Question of Courage. From now on it will have to share first place with Polly's March.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 5 December 2005
I find it really hard to review this book properly, because there’s so much I could say about it that would just get in the way of the fact that it’s a terrific story.
Polly lives in a period of our history – less than a century ago – when women didn’t have the vote; and she’s reached an age when she starts questioning why ‘the place of women’ is to do what men say. Into the flat upstairs move two women whose lives are taken up with just these questions, and Polly is drawn to them – until her stern father forbids her to have anything to do with them. Should Polly simply accept her position in life, or should she stand up for what she believes in?
Newbery skilfully balances several interconnected themes without once letting them get in the way of the story, and fills in the background without giving in to the temptation to teach or preach. Under the blurb on the back, the Weekend FT is quoted as saying, ‘Newbery writes wonderfully’, and having read this I can only agree.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 25 April 2009
Polly lives at number six, Chelsea walk,it is 1914, and when her best friend, Lily moves out of her flat upstairs, Polly, is not happy, but when two campaigners of womans rights move in upstairs, one a suffragist (non- militant campaigner) and the other a suffragette ( militant campaigner), things start to get intresting...
Polly is determind to help the suffragettes, she joins the march without telling her Parents, and things dont quite turned out as planned.
I really enjoyed this book, as did I enjoy the other Historical Houses. It was intresting, not quite intense as the other novels about Votes for Woman that I have read.