THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER 'Tessa Dunlop made pains to select
women from broad walks of life and succeeds in weaving a rich
tapestry of experiences.'The Independent `A warm-hearted and
engaging read, The Century Girls is replete with wonderful
characters.' Sunday Express 'Dunlop has pulled off an impressive
feat of oral history...creating a moving portrait of a world that
is now lost forever.' Who Do You Think You Are? A celebration of
the one-hundred years since British women got the vote, told, in
their own voices, by six centenarians: Helena, Olive, Edna, Joyce,
Ann and Phyllis - The Century Girls In 2018 Britain celebrates the
centenary of some women getting the vote. The intervening ten
decades have witnessed staggering change, and The Century Girls
features six women born in 1918 or before who haven't just
witnessed that change, they've lived it. Empire shrank, war came
and went, and modern society demanded continual readjustment....
the Century Girls lasted the course, and this book weaves together
their lifetime's adventures - what they were taught, how they were
treated, who they loved, what they did and where they are now. With
stories that are intimately knitted into the history of the British
Isles, this is a time-travel epic featuring our oldest, most
precious national treasures. Edna, 102, was a domestic servant born
in Lincolnshire. Helena is 101 years old and the eldest of eight
born into a Welsh farming family. Olive, 102, began life as a child
of empire in British Guiana and was one of the first women to
migrate to London after the war. There's Ann, a 103-year-London
bohemian; 100-year-old Phyllis, daughter of the British Raj, who
has called Edinburgh home for nearly eighty years; and finally
`young' Joyce - a 99-year-old Cambridge classicist who's still at
work. It is through the prism of these women's very long lives that
The Century Girls provides a deeply personal account of British
history over the past one hundred years. Their story is our story
too. Further praise for The Century Girls 'It features among others
my teacher and mate, 99 year old Joyce Reynolds, going super strong
and still a stern and helpful critic.' Mary Beard 'A delightful
book . . . all about women and women's lives.' Jane Garvey, Radio 4
Woman's Hour `A deeply personal and moving account of the last 100
years of British history.' The Bookseller 'It's a brilliant book...
It's fantastic!' Chris Evans, Radio 2 Breakfast Show `What better
way to mark the centenary of some British women getting the vote
than to read about inspirational women who witness revolutionary
changes? Six centenarians reminisce on their incredible century. A
history lesson to savour.' The Lady `A warm-hearted and engaging
read, The Century Girls is replete with wonderful characters.'
Sunday Express `"The book offers a highly personal insight into
British society over the past century...... The frank, probing
style of Dunlop's interview technique allows us access to a series
of revealing and enlightening stories which would otherwise have
been lost...... Dunlop manages to capture these unique
personalities in her book with a touching intimacy that never
strays into sentimentality." - The Scotsman "Tessa Dunlop has found
a uniquely personal touch... Dunlop has pulled of an impressive
feat of oral history, weaving the women's memories of their long
lives into a coherent narrative and setting it in the context of
events at the time... They recount their memories in incredible
details, creating a moving portrait of a world that is now lost
forever. If you have older female relatives this book will inspire
you to capture their stories" - Who Do You Think You Are? `This
year is the centenary of women getting the vote in Britain....Tessa
Dunlop has had one of those ideas that belong firmly in the
`simple-but-brilliant' category: speaking to six women who've been
alive for all those hundred years.... The result is a wonderful
blend of British history with individual stories - and for any
reader under about 90, an often startling reminder of how much
things have changed.' Reader's Digest
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