New Book out in 2018: Rise Up Women! The Remarkable Lives of the Suffragettes

1918 – 2018 Marking 100 years of female suffrage.

by Diane Atkinson

OUT: 6 February 2018 | £30 | Hardback

The Remarkable Lives of the Suffragettes Diane Atkinson

This definitive history charts women’s fight for the vote through the lives of those who took part, in a timely celebration of an extraordinary struggle.

On 6 February 1918, after campaigning for over fifty years, British women were finally granted the vote. In November 1919, the first woman MP, Lady Nancy Astor, was elected to the House of Commons. History was made.

A hundred years on, it is time to reflect on the daring, often violent struggle women undertook to break into an exclusively male political system. Recounting the movement through the lives of 200 suffragettes, from the well-known Pankhurst family through to mill-girl Annie Kenney, from hunger strikes and force-feeding through to the torching of public monuments, Rise Up Women! illuminates the lives of the great range of women that took part in a campaign that paved the way for generations to come.

Meticulously researched, vividly rendered and celebratory, this is the definitive biography of a phenomenal, ground-breaking movement.

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Diane Atkinson is the author of two illustrated books, Suffragettes in Pictures and Funny Girls, and three biographies, Love & Dirt, Elsie and Mairi Go to War and The Criminal Conversation of Mrs Norton. She holds a PhD from the University of London and worked at the Museum of London, where she curated a major exhibition on the suffragettes. She has appeared on many radio programmes, including Woman’s Hour, and consulted on television documentaries, as well as, most recently, the film Suffragette, starring Meryl Streep, Carey Mulligan and Helena Bonham-Carter. She lives in London.

The Remarkable Lives of the Suffragettes Diane Atkinson

OUT: 6 February 2018 | £30 | Hardback

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