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Cat and Mouse: Two sisters fight for women's rights (Women of Courage Book 1) by [Vicary, Tim]
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About the Author

Tim Vicary is an award-winning author of four historical novels, three legal thrillers, as well as school textbooks and many graded readers for foreign learners of English. He is a university teacher, and and lives in the English countryside near the historic city of York, England.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1773 KB
  • Print Length: 475 pages
  • Publisher: White Owl Publications Ltd (6 Aug. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005GA9B86
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #165,352 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This is a long book, but that's fine, because I didn't really want it to end. Set just before the war in 1914, it reminded me a bit of Downton Abbey. There are the same conflicts between the apparently happy, wealthy facade of the Edwardian aristocracy and the secret passions seething beneath the surface. This is a story of two sisters - one in London, one in Ulster - who between them uncover a whole world of horrors: the cruelty of men towards suffragettes, the scandal of child prostitution, the poverty of striking industrial workers, and for one, the awful secret of her husband's homosexuality. Into this mix (as if it were not enough) is thrown the spectre of a German plot to provoke civil war in Ulster, the kidnap of a young boy, and the blackmailing of his parents. So there's an awful lot going on; but the author has woven it all together very cleverly. I thought it was well written, easy to read, and hard to put down.

The same author also has other books on Kindle: A Game of Proof (The trials of Sarah Newby)Bold Counsel (The Trials of Sarah Newby)A Fatal Verdict (The Trials of Sarah Newby)The Blood Upon the Rose
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As far as summarising the plot is concerned, there's not much that can be added to the previous reviews without spoiling surprises for readers. And surprises there certainly are.

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.
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Set in 1914, Cat and Mouse is the story of two sisters fighting for their ideals in the months immediately prior to the outbreak of World War 1.

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.
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This is a well written and researched epic drama with great historical merit wrapped around a fascinating web of characters and interwoven diverse plot lines. Vicary shows real skill; effortlessly transporting you back in time to the pre WWI period.

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?

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