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Mrs Pankhurst's Purple Feather

Fashion, Fury and Feminism – Women's Fight for Change

Tessa Boase


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Praise For Mrs Pankhurst's Purple Feather: Fashion, Fury and Feminism – Women's Fight for Change

 ‘A resolutely feminist work of scholarship, recovering numerous women often overlooked by more conventional suffrage narratives.’
- Times Literary Supplement-

“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?-

“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-

“A provocative and illuminating read… by turns fascinating and horrifying.”
- Country Life-

“A vividly written, deeply researched, surprising book… Fascinating untold stories – a feather in the cap of this journalist author.”
- Saga Magazine-

“Boase has chosen a fascinating and much neglected subject and explored it brilliantly. The characters on both sides come vividly to life, and what she uncovers through her research into working conditions in the fashion trade is truly shocking. It is a shameful story, and one that needs to be known. She deserves high praise for bringing it to light.”
- Professor John Carey-

“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-

“Full of fascinating historical detail and colourful characters. A great story of pioneering conservation, beautifully told.”
- Kate Humble-

“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-

“Truly eye-opening… Boase presents us a great gift in this book; the opportunity for correction to a host of historical oversights, misunderstandings, and in the case of Etta Lemon, seemingly intentional erasures – we would be wrong not to accept it with gratitude.”
- The Well-Read Naturalist-

Aurum Press, 9781781316542, 336pp.

Publication Date: June 5, 2018

About the Author

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 by Aurum in 2014. 

She is married with children and lives between St Leonards on Sea, and Lazio, Italy.