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Cat and Mouse: Two sisters fight for women's rights (Women of Courage Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Suffice it to say that this book contains a remarkable number of separate plots, that the author orchestrates their parallel progress with much skill, and that these plots converge in an extraordinary finale. The latter is tense, protracted, well-narrated and as horrifying and memorable as the climax of De Niro's `Taxi Driver' - though much more thought-provoking through the anguished dilemmas which arise for each participant. What a nightmare situation for each individual to face, each for different and often secret reasons! If nothing else, keep reading so you can understand the threads which converge in the utterly gripping last five chapters.
Some compelling tales from history form the backcloth behind this story. These are tales which largely have been muted in British history books or censored altogether. The extremes to which British Suffragettes took women's struggle for the right to vote, for instance, and the horrors of force-feeding of Suffragette hunger-strikers. The huge armed revolt by the original Ulster Volunteer Force and the help it received from Fifth Columnists within government forces. The underworld of vice and child prostitution serving the Edwardian gentry. The culture of sexual abuse in the British Empire's exclusive boys' boarding schools and the resulting misogynistic homosexuality common among officers in Kitchener's army. The darkest part of `Cat and Mouse' is a double saga of gay revenge between misogynistic militarists of the 1914 warmonger kind. `Cat and Mouse' presents such history with the lightest of touch. There are no heavy-handed passages over-explaining things.Read more ›
Sarah Beckett is a suffragette who finds herself in prison as a result of slashing a painting in an art gallery in London. She refuses to eat and is force fed; despite this she finds herself getting weaker and weaker and very serious fears about her survival start to emerge.
Meanwhile her younger sister, Deborah Cavendish, is at home in Ulster in a loveless marriage. She has an affair with a prominent trade union leader and finds herself pregnant. She follows her lover to England and leans about Sarah's imprisonment.
Together the two sisters overcome their own personal difficulties and play a part in preventing a German plot to start a civil war in Ireland.
The book is well written and really captivates the imagination. It is well researched and, as such, is a wonderful piece of written social history of the time. the author is clearly a very talented story teller and I look forward to reading many more of his books.
The book is set in both London and Northern Ireland and focuses on two sisters; one an active suffragette campaigner and the other a campaigner against poverty. For different reasons they find themselves in loveless marriages and as the story unfolds you discover the secrets which their husbands have been keeping from them - all in the name of keeping their reputation and place in high society.
It's titled after the 1913 `Cat and Mouse Act' which was passed by Asquith's government making the hunger strikes of the Suffragette individuals legal and the practice of force feeding illegal - however this system seemed to have had many faults as the story points out.
This book is set in a very interesting window of history, the struggles of which led to the introduction of many social and political changes. It tackles topics such as famine, poverty, poor working conditions, industrial action, hunger strikes, child prostitution and the often hypocritical state of the Edwardian society marriage. All of these historical events are skillfully put into the mix of the story which provides something for everyone: riots, romance, mystery, intrigue and crime all the while depicting lies, deception, betrayal and political struggles complete with a climatic ending - what more could you want from a novel?
Andria Saxelby for the Kindle book Review
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It captures the atmosphere and tensions of the period with detail that makes the plot very believable. Have we moved on so very far in a hundred years?Published 4 months ago by Keith Hicks
This book brought to life what woman had to fight for and in my case it made me angry that they should have had to take action in the first place. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Dieter Rudolph
This is a compelling book to read, several different plots all happening at once. Really loved the descriptions and feel of the book which helped put you back to the era. Read morePublished on 25 July 2013 by Chills
Various bits of history in one novel made an interesting and easy read. A most enjoyable book highly recommend it.Published on 16 April 2013 by Mrs. S. R. Waite
There were so many interesting parts to this book. It was almost 2 books in one with the suffragette part and the UVF and the characters were so believable. Read morePublished on 13 April 2013 by silverswan
I quite liked the beginning of this book with the suffragette theme and the underground secrets of child prostitution etc;. Read morePublished on 7 April 2013 by Kat
This is quite a good novel based around historical events, raising some interesting questions. I would quite like to read more by this author.Published on 4 April 2013 by John C. Stupples
Slightly slow start almost put me off but soon had me caring about the characters and involved in the plot. Read morePublished on 23 Mar. 2013 by Charles Christian