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An incredible story of an incredible lady,
This review is from: The Woman Who Saved the Children: A Biography of Eglantyne Jebb: Founder of Save the Children (Paperback)
This is a thoughtful and interesting biography of a wonderful woman who achieved wonderful things. Eglantyne Jebb, a name I had never come across before is most famous for founding the now well loved and internationally recognised charity, Save the Children, a charity which does so much good in the world I could not do it justice in a short paragraph. So it is fantastic that Clare Mulley, in her debut biography, has paid homage to this remarkable champion of children's rights.
Eglantyne herself was almost unbelievable. In an age where war and women's rights should have been enough to occupy the cares and worries of this woman, she selflessly devoted her efforts to raising awareness of the situation of deprived children and changing ingrained attitudes to children's rights.
But alongside a saintly career saving the children, Eglantyne was also a fascinating person. She actually was fairly rude about children, `I don't care for children' she said in 1900 and Mulley revels in her reference to children as `little wretches'. Eglantyne never had any children of her own. She was in love with Marcus Dimsdale, the sixth son of Baron Dimsdale, but he married Elsbeth Philipps in 1902. She then had a passionate affair with a woman, Margaret Hill nee Keynes.
Eglantyne is an extraordinary woman and Clare Mulley had done a fantastic job conveying that to the reader. I would recommend this book to anyone with an interest in charities or children's rights, with a love of good biography, or with even an ounce of feminist pride. This was one amazing lady.