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Dirty, Filthy Book

Sex, Scandal, and One Woman’s Fight in the Victorian Trial of the Century

«At a time when reproductive rights are being rolled back globally, as well as worryingly close to home, [Besant's] story needs retelling until its message is set in stone»

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Detaljer

Forlag
W H Allen
Innbinding
Innbundet
Språk
Engelsk
Sider
400
ISBN
9780753559925
Utgivelsesår
2024
Format
24 x 16 cm

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«At a time when reproductive rights are being rolled back globally, as well as worryingly close to home, [Besant's] story needs retelling until its message is set in stone»

Guardian

«Meyer interweaves Besant's multifaceted life into an engaging prose, full of intriguing details»

BBC History Magazine

«Splendidly researched . . . A superbly written model for those who aspire to write significant but accessible history . . . The book fizzes along »

Bob Forder, The Freethinker

«Makes the case for Annie Besant as a truly eminent Victorian, as brilliant and fearless as she was beautiful . . . [A] witty and entertaining account»

The Times, Book of the Week

«Drawn from newspaper accounts, court records, and Besant's own memoir, Meyer's depiction of Besant fighting for reproductive rights, almost 150 years ago, is truly marvellous . . . Meyer succeeds admirably in his efforts to bring to light the story of a truly remarkable and courageous woman »

Kate Lister, Daily Telegraph

«Michael Meyer deserves hearty congratulations for returning a remarkable woman to centre stage, where she belongs »

Jane Robinson, Times Literary Supplement

«Michael Meyer has mined the rich seams of history and woven together a fascinating and gripping narrative. Beautifully told, it has echoes for today. I don’t know how he does it»

Adam Hochschild, author of KING LEOPOLD'S GHOST

«Annie Besant was a freethinker and a half – an indomitable woman who challenged many of the discriminatory views of her day and put all her energies into social change. A great read»

Prof. Helen Pankhurst CBE, Women’s Rights Campaigner

«Hugely entertaining, told with verve and humour, with a riveting court trial at its heart. A terrific study of the Victorian controversy and criminalisation of contraception and the dire consequences for women of confusing medicine with morals. At last, Annie Besant has found a champion equal to the task of doing justice to her crusading life and the significance of her achievements. Victorian patriarchy denied Besant her rightful place in political history: Michael Meyer has reinstated her, in all her glorious complexity, as the pioneering feminist changemaker in Britain's history of morals, censorship and sex»

Rachel Holmes, author of SYLVIA PANKHURST and ELEANOR MARX

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