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A Force To Be Reckoned  With : A History of the Women's Institute

A Force To Be Reckoned With : A History of the Women's Institute

by Jane Robinson

A Force To Be Reckoned With : A History of the Women's Institute

Everyone knows three things about the Women's Institute: that they spent the war making jam; the sensational Calendar Girls were WI; and, more recently, ...
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Bluestockings : The Remarkable Story of the First Women to Fight for an Education

Bluestockings : The Remarkable Story of the First Women to Fight for an Education

by Jane Robinson

Bluestockings : The Remarkable Story of the First Women to Fight for an Education

In 1869, when five women enrolled at university for the first time in British history, the average female brain was thought to be 150 gra...
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Debutantes

Debutantes

by Lucinda Gosling

Debutantes and the London Season

Until the middle of the last century, London's social calendar was dominated by 'the Season', a round of social events and parties during which the daughters of the upper classes made th...
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Divorced, Beheaded, Sold

Divorced, Beheaded, Sold

by Maria Nicolaou

Divorced, Beheaded, Sold : Ending an English Marriage 1500-1847

A fresh perspective on the seamy side of history. Maria Nicolaou has done considerable research into the largely unexplored area of divorce and marital sep...
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Fashion on The Ration

Fashion on The Ration

by Julie Summers

Fashion On The Ration

In September 1939, just three weeks after the outbreak of war, Gladys Mason wrote briefly in her diary about events in Europe: 'Hitler watched German siege of Warsaw. City in flames.' And, she cont...
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Fashion Women in World War I

Fashion Women in World War I


Fashion : Women in World War I

World War One had catastrophic impact on the lives of millions, both on the battlefield and on the Home Front too. It was also a time of tremendous social upheaval, bringing new opportunit...
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Gentleman's Daughter

Gentleman's Daughter

by Amanda Vickery

Gentleman's Daughter : Women's Lives in Georgian England

Eighteenth-century women have long been presented as the heroines of traditional biographies, or as the faceless victims of vast historical processes, but rarely ...
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Hidden Depths

Hidden Depths

by Sue Hennessy

Hidden Depths : Women of the RNLI

Rain speared down from black skies, a howling freezing gale tore at the roots of the fishermen’s cottages by the shoreline, a boiling sea was thundering ashore with huge combers break...
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Millions Like Us : Women's Lives in War & Peace 1939-1949

Millions Like Us : Women's Lives in War & Peace 1939-1949

by Virginia Nicholson

Millions Like Us : Women's Lives in War & Peace 1939-1949

In the 1930s most women still expected to become wives and mothers. The war years took the inferiority myth and destroyed it, catapulting servants and mistresses...
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Mrs Robinson's Disgrace : The Private Diary of a Victorian Lady

Mrs Robinson's Disgrace : The Private Diary of a Victorian Lady

by Kate Summersdale

Mrs Robinson's Disgrace : The Private Diary of a Victorian Lady

When the married Isabella Robinson was introduced to the dashing Edward Lane at a party in 1850, she was utterly enchanted. He was 'fascinating', she told ...
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Perfect Wives in Ideal Homes

Perfect Wives in Ideal Homes

by Virginia Nicholson

Perfect Wives In Ideal Homes

In Perfect Wives in Ideal Homes, Virginia Nicholson tells the story of women in the 1950s: a time before the Pill, when divorce spelled scandal and two-piece swimsuits caused mass alarm. Tur...
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Remember Then

Remember Then

by Janet Few

Remember Then : Women's Memories of 1946 - 1969 and How to Write Your Own

This book is the result of letting 80 women spend a year and a half recording their memories of life in Britain during the pivotal period 1946-19...
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The Criminal Conversation of Mrs Norton

The Criminal Conversation of Mrs Norton

by Diane Atkinson

The Criminal Conversation of Mrs Norton

Caroline Norton, born in 1808, was a society beauty, poet and pamphleteer. Her good looks and wit attracted many male admirers, first her husband, the Honourable George Norton, an...
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Women of the 1960s

Women of the 1960s

by Sheila Hardy

Women of the 1960s

This book gives a new perspective on the life of women in the 1960s, contrary to the widely accepted vision of a Swinging Sixties full of Sex, Drugs and Rock 'n' Roll. It was certainly a progressive d...
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Women's Institute

Women's Institute

by Susan Cohen

Women's Institute

When the first Women’s Institute was formed in Llanfair, Wales in October 1915, no one could have foreseen how this small-scale experiment would grow to become, by the early twenty-first century, an ...
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Women's Lives : Researching Women's Social History 1800-1939

Women's Lives : Researching Women's Social History 1800-1939

by Jennifer Newby

Women's Lives : Researching Women's Social History 1800-1939

Women’s lives have traditionally gone unrecorded in history. But housewives, factory girls and servants all had their own distinctive voices, and, if you kn...
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