A History of Britain in 21 Women

  • by Jenni Murray
  • Narrated by Jenni Murray
  • 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Britain has been defined by its conflicts, its conquests, its men and its monarchs. To say that it's high time it was defined by its women is a severe understatement. Jenni Murray draws together the lives of 21 women to shed light upon a variety of social, political, religious and cultural aspects of British history.
In lively prose Murray reinvigorates the stories behind the names we all know and reveals the fascinating tales behind those less familiar. From famous queens to forgotten visionaries and from great artists to our most influential political actors, A History of Britain in 21 Women is a veritable feast of history.
A History of Britain in 21 Women profiles Boadicea, Queen Elizabeth I, Aphra Behn, Caroline Herschel, Fanny Burney, Mary Wollstonecraft, Jane Austen, Mary Somerville, Mary Seacole, Ada Lovelace, Elizabeth Garrett Anderson, Millicent Garrett Fawcett, Emmeline Pankhurst, Ethel Smyth, Constance Markievicz, Gwen John, Nancy Astor, Barbara Castle, Margaret Thatcher, Mary Quant and Nicola Sturgeon.

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What the Critics Say

"I can't think of any more seductive way of learning about the past than meeting its principals as if they were friends in a room. That's the gift that Jenni Murray gives us." (Gloria Steinem)
"Murray chooses 21 women who changed the world, and tells their remarkable stories with her own extraordinary wit, passion and piercing insight. She is the perfect guide." (Helen Castor)

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Very enjoyable and interesting

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Fascinating insights. This audible book was right down my alley as I enjoy hearing the biographies of famous people. For me this is a infinitely more interesting listening than Matthew Paris's Great Lives on Radio 4. I have now just purchased from Amazon Kindle the Complete Novels of Fanny Burney after listening about her and how Jane Austen used to be a fan of hers.

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- Mrs C.J D'Elia

Good Book

I enjoyed this book. I gave performance 5 stars because I do enjoy when authors read their own works and I liked Jenni's reading style and intonation.

I had to admit I wasn't always 100% engaged, some parts grabbed my attention more than others, which is why I gave four stars overall. But I would definitely recommend it.
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- Sarah

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-10-2016
  • Publisher: Audible Studios