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  • Joyful... These four are enlivening companions... four glorious heroines, confident and curious, focused on the world and not on themselves

  • Irresistible... Highly evocative... Bring[s] to life an important episode in intellectual history, and [has] made me again grateful that I was for a time a contemporary of these unforgettable women

    Thomas Nagel, London Review of Books
  • Lively ... This fascinating work of historico-logico-feminism shows... how women fought their way on to the world stage of philosophy and turned its spotlight away from an analytical desert on to what was really important - moral clarity, wisdom and truth

    John Walsh, Sunday Times
  • The narrative is of four brilliant women finding their voices, opposing received wisdom, and developing an alternative picture of human beings and their place in the world... To read this story is to be reminded...that the life of the mind can be as intense and eventful as friendship itself

    Anil Gomes, Guardian
  • A very entertaining read that manages to turn dry, intellectual gymnastics into a high-stakes spectator sport

    Irish Times

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