Launch event for “Conscientious Objectors of the Second World War”
I have written on various subjects: social history, politics, current affairs, health and human rights but tend to focus on women’s social history where possible. My books include a world history of women from earliest times to the present day; biographies of Anne Frank and Eleanor Aquitaine and accounts of women’s experiences during the two world wars. Wherever possible I try to include first-hand accounts in my writing, information shared with me by the people who actually took part in events I am writing about.
As well as books on women’s history, I co-authored a successful book on running for women and produced what was then a ground-breaking book on women’s health, Women’s Body: An Owner’s Manual and have recently researched into and written about women’s fight for the vote in Hastings and St Leonards, which I produced for the centenary of (some) British women achieving the right to vote.
My most recent books include Turbulent Spinsters, which describes women’s fight for the vote in Hastings and St Leonards — a very stirring story; Women Wartime Spies, an exploration of women’s experiences as spies or secret agents during the two world wars; Sussex Women, which includes lively biographies of 30 good, great and not-so-great women linked to Sussex; Conscientious Objectors of the First World War and Conscientious Objectors of the Second World War, each of which tells the inspirational stories of those men — and women — who refused to kill.
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