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The best read of the year,
By A Customer
This review is from: Among Stone Giants: The Life of Katherine Routledge and Her Remarkable Expedition to Easter Island (Lisa Drew Books) (Hardcover)
Right from the prologue to the end of this extraordinary book, I couldn't move from my chair. A most fantastic read, a wonderfully, gripping and superbly researched story, marvellously told by Dr Jo Anne van Tilburg.
It tells of a strong-willed north country English girl, Katherine Maria Pease born into a Quaker family in the second half of the 19th century, a 1st cousin twice removed from Elizabeth Fry, the prison reformer, and defying the conventions of Victorian society, went up to Oxford where she obtained her degree(not awarded until much later), but being one of the earliest of her sex to do so.
Katherine(Pease) Routledge, the boss of her siblings, overturned the unwritten rules of 19th century society, supported the suffragettes, went to South Africa at the end of the 2nd Boer War,then met and afterwards married an anthropologist William Scoresby Rotledge. They designed and built a boat, and from England sailed the Atlantic and the Pacific to Easter Island, and for two years made a study of the island, its people and the extraordinary massive stone statues there. Katherine dabbled in the occult and claimed communication with her dead grandfather. Katherine's last years of her sometimes sad, turbulent, fighting life were spent at Ticehurst, an asylum in Sussex.
I was shamelessly diverted from doing anything else to savour this enthralling, often amusing, sometimes sad, but always entertaining story.Truly, a magnificent read.
Among Stone Giants: The Life of Katherine Routledge and Her Remarkable Expedition to Easter Island (Lisa Drew Books)(4 customer reviews)