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Women of History – latest titles
Trailblazing Women of the Georgian Era Balloonomania Belles The Brontë Sisters The Lady Lord Mayors of Norwich 1923–2017

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Lady Death A Georgian Heroine In the Mind of a Female Serial Killer Burned at the Stake

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Mary Queen of Scots’ Downfall Women and the Gallows 1797 – 1837 The Life of Henrietta Anne Hitler’s Girls

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In the sale: That Hamilton Woman

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That Hamilton Woman – Emma and Nelson by Barry Gough – now only £8.

Emma Hamilton, much maligned by her contemporaries and later by historians and commentators, rose from the most humble beginnings to play a startling role in Britain’s naval victory over France and Spain in 1805. In this new book Barry Gough, employing the letters between the protagonists, and the unpublished examination of her career by famed American historian of the Royal Navy Arthur Marder, strongly defends Emma. He shows how this most talented of women and the beauty of her age fell victim to innuendo, slander and cruel caricature. She was to die in poverty in Calais in 1815, just months before Napoleon’s final defeat.

England’s greatest sailor fell deeply in love with Emma in the years before Trafalgar. This, together with his quest for glory and victory entangled him in an inescapable web of circumstances and calumny. The author explores the evolving scandal, the high political stakes that were involved, and the love affair itself which so influenced the fortunes of England’s glory and the fate of her Wooden Walls. No novelist could have created such a tortuous scenario, charged as it was with high emotions, slurs, insults and slander.

Richly illustrated throughout, the book shows Emma, probably the most painted woman of her age, in all her glories; it also shows how heartlessly caricaturists treated her. ‘That Hamilton woman’ will long remain a controversial figure but here the author places her as one of the forces that gave the Royal Navy its will to fight and conquer. He depicts sympathetically a woman entrapped in circumstances of her own making, her saga reminding us of how frail is human fortune.

In the news: Balloonomania Belles

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Balloonomania Belles – Daredevil Divas who First Took to the Sky, by Sharon Wright.

As featured in the Mail On Sunday: ‘The first mile high club! A new book tells of the daredevil female balloonists whose racy antics transfixed Britain two centuries ago’. Read the article online here.

‘I love the incredible exploits of these wonderfully daring female aviators. They were flamboyant, unconventional and courageous at a time when women had little opportunity to exploit their talents on the ground. As a fellow hot-air balloon pilot I understand their joy of merging with the wind and the sky, but without the risks these early pioneers dared to take.’ – Carolinda Witt, balloonist and author of Double Agent Celery: MI5’s Crooked Spy.

About the book: Balloonomania Belles reveals the astonishing stories of the fabulous female pioneers of balloon flight. More than a century before the first aeroplane women were heading for the heavens in crazy, inspired contraptions that could bring death or glory and all too often, both. Award-winning journalist Sharon Wright reveals their hair-raising adventures in a book that brings the stories of the feisty female ballooning heroines together for the first time.

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Memoirs of a Wartime Interpreter Forgotten Royal Women British Widows of the First World War

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Suffragism and the Great War Historical Heroines In Hitler’s Shadow

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Mentioned in Dispatches podcast, with Louise Heren

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Listen to author Louise Heren on the Western Front Association’s Mentioned in Dispatches podcast speaking about Nannies and the Great War.

About the book: British Nannies and the Great War – How Norland’s Regiment of Nannies Coped with Conflict and Childcare in the Great War. In 1912, Norland children’s nurse Kate Fox was travelling by train heading to the British military station at Nowshera on the Afghan border to care for the premature baby born to the base’s commanding officer. Two years later, Kate was escaping from Germany in the first days of the Great War, leaving behind her adored German royal charges and all her personal possessions. Due to their prestige as the crème-de-la-crème of Edwardian children’s nurses to Europe’s royal and wealthy families, Kate was one among many Norland nannies who witnessed the early days of the War on the Continent with all its tumult and fear. Some fled for home; others managed to stay for a while. And yet others gave up their privileged way of life to undertake war work as nurses in Flanders and refugee camps.

The stories in this book are the nannies’ eye-witness accounts described in their correspondence with their beloved Norland Institute. These previously unpublished letters recount a version of women’s Great War history that has remained untold until now. British Nannies and the Great War is the true story of a group of Edwardian, highly trained and opinionated women in the First World War. For the first time in a century, the Norland nannies’ unique stories of escape from enemy territory, their experiences at home and the Front during the War, and their thoughts on how the conflict changed their role in post-Edwardian Britain are told in their own words.

99p eBook: A Spitfire Girl

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A Spitfire Girl – Mary Ellis, One of the World’s Greatest Female ATA Ferry Pilots Tells Her Story, as told to Melody Foreman.

We visualise dashing and daring young men as the epitome of the pilots of the Second World War, yet amongst that elite corps was one person who flew no less than 400 Spitfires and 76 different types of aircraft – and that person was Mary Wilkins. Her story is one of the most remarkable and endearing of the war, as this young woman, serving as a ferry pilot with the Air Transport Auxiliary, transported aircraft for the RAF, including fast fighter planes and huge four-engine bombers. After the war she accepted a secondment to the RAF, being chosen as one of the first pilots, and one of only three women, to take the controls of the new Meteor fast jet. By 1950 the farmer’s daughter from Oxfordshire with a natural instinct to fly became Europe’s first female air commandant.

In this authorised biography the woman who says she kept in the background during her ATA years and left all the glamour of publicity to her colleagues, finally reveals all about her action-packed career which spans almost a century of aviation, and her love for the skies which, even in her nineties, never falters. She says: ‘I am passionate for anything fast and furious. I always have been since the age of three and I always knew I would fly. The day I stepped into a Spitfire was a complete joy and it was the most natural thing in the world for me.’

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Bundle offer – three hardback biographies for only £44.99
A Georgian Heroine A Right Royal Scandal An Infamous Mistress

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