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Sophia: Princess, Suffragette, Revolutionary Hardcover – 15 Jan 2015
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Sophia is the sort of remarkable, almost unbelievable untold true story that every writer dreams of chancing upon. A wonderful debut, written with real spirit and gusto. Anita Anand has produced a winner (William Dalrymple)
A groundbreaking work that at last tells the important story of Sophia Duleep Singh: unflinching princess-in-exile, doughty moderniser and tenacious suffragette. From the streets of India to the corridors of power, Sophia artfully examines the tensions between East and West; and one woman's choice between fighting for freedom and staying silent (Amanda Foreman, author of Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire)
Anita Anand has definitively restored to history one of the most important and charismatic figures in the suffragette movement. This thoroughly absorbing and deftly informative account instantly pulled me into the irresistible adventure and vitality of Sophia Duleep Singh's defiant and innovative existence. Anand's timely biography is a wonderful testament to Sophia's lifetime of commitment to Indian independence and the advancement of women, and to the range and courage of her achievements (Rachel Holmes, author of Eleanor Marx)
A fascinating and elegantly written life of one of the unknown giants of women's suffrage (Katie Hickman, author of Daughters of Britannia)
Anita Anand's gripping book is a sad story of dispossession and dislocation . The story is fast-paced and thrilling . A noble book **** (Daily Telegraph)
Anand is a strong, confident writer . A rollickingly enjoyable read: a comprehensively researched and zippy account of a profoundly unusual life (Evening Standard)
Vivid and compelling . Anand writes with the vigour and imaginative reach of a novelist. The many horrors of her enthralling narrative are lightened with judicious flashes of dry wit and a fine eye for detail . A gripping, emotionally powerful story (New Statesman)
Anand vividly paints the picture of a society girl turned revolutionary . With deftness and sensibility, Anand tells of the extraordinary contradictions at the heart of the relationship between the Queen and this family . Anand's skill is to bring to life a character whose name does not figure in the annals of the suffragette movement (Observer)
Sometimes you hear biographers complain that all the great figures have gone . In this book, her confident and compelling debut, the BBC journalist and presenter Anita Anand leaves that argument in shreds . Anand has triumphantly rescued Sophia from the pampered oblivion in which a fearful Raj sought to bury her. In doing so, she traces the excruciating double binds, emotional as much as political, that tied imperial Britain to the jewel in its crown (Boyd Tonkin, Independent Book of the Week)
Anand in her latest book uncovers not just an intriguing female life, but also an important perspective on British-Indian colonial history . Fresh and well written . What a story, and what a successful telling of it (The Times)
The enthralling story of an extraordinary woman and her part in the defining moments of recent British Indian historySee all Product description
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This book tells her story from cradle to the grave, uncovering information that had largely been hidden. Absolutely fascinating and very we'll written.
I recommend it to anyone, its well researched and superbly written.
This one will not end up in a charity shop!