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Very informative book and an enjoyable read,
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This review is from: March, Women, March (Kindle Edition)
Ms Hawksley is to be commended for producing a factual book that is also a very enjoyable read. So often books of this genre are either dumbed down or resort to mere speculation in an effort to hold the reader's interest, this book does neither. The facts are presented to the reader in such a way that one is loathe to put it down.
Despite the reviews I was expecting the usual book on female suffrage - that is - the author going on at length about the Pankhursts and force feeding.
I was both surprised and delighted to find this book is full review of female suffrage and, unlike so many, it does not start and end with the WSPU and the Pankhursts. It is a welcome change to find a book on this subject that charts not only the history of female suffrage but the "back story" - such as the brave women who fought for women to allowed to own property,become doctors, and be treated fairly in divorce cases. Reading some books on the subject one could be forgiven for thinking that only the Pankhursts and Upper class women were involved in the movement. Ms Hawksley is at pains to mention the amount of other organisations involved which, of course, span the social classes. The non militant NUWSS gets the recognition it richly deserves. Unlike so many books this is not a hagiography of the Pankhursts and surprising facts emerge.
The book is packed with women fighting in the cause of suffrage, many are not well known today, but they all richly deserve their place in the history of the movement.
An excellent buy.