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Mrs Pankhurst's Purple Feather


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Tessa Boase read English at Oxford, and has worked as a scriptwriter, a voiceover artist and an editor at The Daily Telegraph and Daily Mail. As a freelance journalist she has contributed to a wide variety of publications. Her first book, The Housekeeper's Tale, was published in 2014.


"A provocative and illuminating read... by turns fascinating and horrifying." * Country Life *

"Shocking, frequently funny and full of unexpected information." * Literary Review *
'The story of the RSPB is just one of many layers in Mrs Pankhurst's Purple Feather... Boase skilfully interweaves the fate of the South American macaw, the huia bird of the New Zealand, the African marabou stork, the snowy egret and the Indian green parrot with the story of women's suffrage ... The relationship between the two groups is profoundly interesting - their similarities, their differences and the public reception of their spirited attempts to bring change.' -- Constance Watson * The Oldie *
"Riveting, dextrously told, vividly imagined, shrewdly analysed. Tessa Boase has worked a little bit of magic here in bringing these [women] to life, and championing the cause of the unsung" * British Birds *
"Brilliantly conceived. For although neither of Boase's convention-shucking heroines had a jot of sympathy with the other's cause, the consequences of their campaigns for progress dovetailed in a dazzling arc." * The Daily Telegraph *
'A resolutely feminist work of scholarship, recovering numerous women often overlooked by more conventional suffrage narratives.' * Times Literary Supplement *
"A vividly written, deeply researched, surprising book... Fascinating untold stories - a feather in the cap of this journalist author." * Saga Magazine *

"Enthralling. In the centenary year of the Representation of People Act, this book reminds us that women fought other campaigns too." * Who Do You Think You Are? *
"[An] incredibly interesting and important book" -- Marc Bekoff Ph.D. * Psychology Today, Animal Emotions *
"a unique piece of popular social history..." * 10,000 Birds *

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