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Women's London: A Tour Guide to Great Lives Paperback – Illustrated, 1 Feb 2018
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"Rachel Kolsky's Women's London is a literary lap of honour for the female pioneers who fought gender prejudice to leave their mark on the capital." Ham & High, 8th February 2018
"...this book throws the spotlight on long-forgotten accomplishments of a multitude of incredible women, and will make you appreciate their courage and fortitude in a man's world." Family Tree Magazine, February 2018
“This might just be the best guide to exploring London we’ve ever seen… Having read or browsed hundreds of London guide books (and even written a few), we've rarely seen anything as artfully put together… Every page of this beautiful, bountiful book brings a new revelation. It's that rare breed of guide book that you'll want to read cover to cover, preferably while out on the streets tracking down the locations. We can't recommend it highly enough.” - Londonist
About the Author
Rachel Kolsky is a prize-winning London Blue Badge Guide, who runs Go London Tours. Her wide range of walks and visits specialize in exploring Jewish heritage, discovering women s history and uncovering the human stories behind London's buildings.
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David Jacobs, President of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Great Britain, immediate past Chair of the Jewish Historical Society of England, founder of the Museum of the Jewish East End
The book focuses on the women who have shaped London through the centuries and the legacy they have left behind, from those campaigning for Votes for Women to a statue of Amy Winehouse in Camden Town with her frail frame and signature hairdo. All the pertinent information is there and, believe me, you might think you know everything already but there is always that little snippet of information that will surprise you.
The book is well laid out and although it is sectioned geographically, there is enough cross-referencing to follow it by genre. The accompanying photographs, many taken by Rachel herself or by her fellow conspirator, Louis Berk, are bright and glossy, so a real visual treat. Although promoted as a guide book, this is one you can enjoy as much sitting by your own fireside as you can following the walking routes around London. I did!
Rachel Kolsky’s Women’s London celebrates the achievements of women whether they are famous, or deserve fame. The book is packed with intriguing details, pictures and clear, entertaining text.
I enjoyed reading about artists, scientists, suffragettes and suffragists, trade unionists and many compassionate women finding ways to help the less fortunate. Many brave women are commemorated, too, including members of the SOE tortured and executed during the Second World War.
I hope to try some of the walks, checking out where these women lived, looking at sculptures by women or of women and walking along streets named after women. The maps are clear, and it’s good to see suggestions for refreshments as well as distance and time. Even if I don't, I'm sure I'll read it from cover to cover.
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