'A history book that should be read by all' - Stylist.
Set against the background of the campaign for women to win the vote, this is a story of the ordinary people effecting extraordinary change.
1913: the last long summer before the war. The country is gripped by suffragette fever. These impassioned crusaders have their admirers; some agree with their aims if not their forceful methods, while others are aghast at the thought of giving any female a vote.
Meanwhile, hundreds of women are stepping out on to the streets of Britain. They are the suffragists: non-militant campaigners for the vote, on an astonishing six-week protest march they call the Great Pilgrimage. Rich and poor, young and old, they defy convention, risking jobs, family relationships and even their lives to persuade the country to listen to them.
Fresh and original, full of vivid detail and moments of high drama, Hearts and Minds is both funny and incredibly moving, important and wonderfully entertaining.
A story of huge courage and, most of all, immense female camaraderie...meticulously researched...
a fascinating and inspiring read
Inspiring and moving
An excellent account of the suffragist movement.
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Hearts and Minds brings the voices of the suffragists to life in a compelling, entertaining and poignant collection of accounts. It’s a history book that should be read by all as we celebrate the centenary of the vote and continue the fight for equality.
Meticulously researched yet never dull, it breathes life into a little-known corner of history
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