Considering that the author, who was passionate about studying, had only two weeks' formal education, this is an incredibly well written book. With hear eye for detail ear for accent and determination to improve the lot of the poor, Hannah Mitchell offers a superb commentary on the life of a working woman as well as details of her own personal endeavours in the early Labour movement and the Suffragettes.and her work on the council. It is valuable reading for those with an interest in social history, women's history, women's suffrage, the origins of the Labour Party. It is interesting to hear the viewpoint of an intelligent working woman who had to juggle her domestic duties with her commitment to educating herself and working for the social and political causes in which she believed. 4.5 stars.