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A fascinating portrait of a fascinating woman,
This review is from: The Woman Who Saved the Children: A Biography Of Eglantyne Jebb: Founder Of Save The Children (Paperback)
Clare Mulley's captivating and excellently researched biography is a pleasure to read. With all the over-hashed books on historical figures in the 19th and 20th century, like Queen Victoria, Churchill or Stalin, it is always refreshing to read a biography of someone unsung; someone whose story has not be told and retold into tedium.
Eglantyne Jebb is a woman whose life and work immediately enthralled me. Why did such a beautiful, striking woman never marry? Why did she not want children yet ploughed all her energies into improving the conditions and rights of the young? Eglantyne Jebb is a forgotten national treasure, a pioneer of the early 20th century. She founded Save the Children, now a charitable phenomenon and a life force for hundreds of underprivileged children. She secured one of the most successful UN charters ever introduced, the Convention on the Rights of the Child. She was also interesting on a human level. She had great and tragic love affairs, very real character flaws, and, in my opinion, an understandable aversion to having children of her own... "the little wretches".