NON FICTION ALERT!
Fuelled by Government’s repeated refusal to allow women to vote, Emmeline Pankhurst started and lead organisations and campaigns with ever-increasing militancy to gain the vote. She encourages crowds, confronts MPs, faces prison, escapes, grieves and fights in this book of her memoirs.
I loved this book. I loved learning about the suffragettes, hearing Pankhurst’s intelligent strategy in winning the vote, and was repeatedly outraged at the government’s reaction to them. It made me angry that I’ve never learned more about them – despite going to two girls schools. It made me angry that in culture we’ve reduced them, not acknowledging their sacrifice and the evil that they were up against.
Many of these books arrived in my house in quick succession by post last week! (Thanks Bookbridgr!) Without exception I had forgotten requesting them, but I am nevertheless excited to get stuck in. I’m currently in the calm of having finished several books, so have to select which one to start with…
I’m so excited to get into these! Christmas, a birthday and various loans have meant I’ve got a larger pile than normal, and it’s very exciting!
Frankie George is sent by her newspaper for her first proper piece – a profile of suffragette-trapeze artist Ebony Diamond. But while she’s on the trail, Ebony lashes out at her then disappears mysteriously in the middle of her performance. Frankie gains a snake-charmer and dubious errand boy as sidekicks along the way as well as meeting a vast variety of characters, and quest to find Miss Diamond uncovers plots and secrets that she would never have dreamt of.
I really, really, wanted to really really like this book. I started reading it just before Christmas, and with Victorian London, Suffragettes, circuses, plots, mysteries and journalists I was anticipating a novel of complete delight. And true, some of it was there. The plot swung around a huge variety of intriguing settings, bizarre twists and colourful characters – but for me, ultimately, this novel was lacking.