_______ 'A history book that should be read by all' - Stylist. Set
against the background of the campaign for women to win the vote,
this is a story of the ordinary people effecting extraordinary
change. 1913: the last long summer before the war. The country is
gripped by suffragette fever. These impassioned crusaders have
their admirers; some agree with their aims if not their forceful
methods, while others are aghast at the thought of giving any
female a vote. Meanwhile, hundreds of women are stepping out on to
the streets of Britain. They are the suffragists: non-militant
campaigners for the vote, on an astonishing six-week protest march
they call the Great Pilgrimage. Rich and poor, young and old, they
defy convention, risking jobs, family relationships and even their
lives to persuade the country to listen to them. Fresh and
original, full of vivid detail and moments of high drama, Hearts
and Minds is both funny and incredibly moving, important and
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