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Red Ellen


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Laura Beers is Associate Professor of History at American University and a Birmingham Fellow at the University of Birmingham.


A thorough, readable account of a remarkable life. From working class roots in Manchester, Ellen Wilkinson went on to become a socialist, suffragist, Labour MP, journalist, novelist, internationalist, trade unionist, Jarrow Crusade leader, and the only woman in Attlee's postwar Cabinet-a lifetime journey few women, or men, could achieve even now. -- Pat Thane, coauthor of Sinners? Scroungers? Saints? Unmarried Motherhood in Twentieth-Century England
Extremely well researched and exceptionally well written, Red Ellen is work of the very highest caliber by an immensely talented historian of twentieth-century Britain. Beers provides a real sense of who Ellen Wilkinson was, how people reacted to her, and most importantly of all, why she mattered. -- Andrew Thorpe, author of Parties at War: Political Organisation in Second World War Britain
A highly accessible biography of a major figure of twentieth-century British political culture. Beers presents her case for Wilkinson as a political polymath with verve and a convincing narrative style, and reveals the multifarious roles in politics-both parliamentary and extra-parliamentary-that Wilkinson played. -- Susan Pennybacker, author of From Scottsboro to Munich: Race and Political Culture in 1930s Britain
Beers has produced a detailed account of an extraordinary life. -- Clare Griffiths * Times Higher Education *
In Red Ellen, Laura Beers...draws a multifaceted portrait, capturing the woman herself as well as her remarkable political career. -- Martin Rubin * Wall Street Journal *
Gives readers a vivid insight into the life of one of the most important figures in the history of the British radical left. -- Katherine Williams * LSE Review of Books *

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