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Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls

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Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls is an exciting new book for kids which is creating a stir. When I was a kid it was hard to find books with inspirational female characters for younger children. Michael Foreman’s All the King’s Horses was one of our favourites, as well as his retellings of classic fairy tales (both criminally out of print for years), but similar offerings were hard to come by.

Partisan Diary

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Ada Gobetti’s Partisan Diary is an expanded version of the contemporary diary she kept from the day the Germans entered Turin in September 1943 through to liberation. First published in 1956 with an introduction by Italo Calvino, this is the first English translation. Gobetti was not only an extremely brave woman, she was a thoughtful and characterful writer. Partisan Diary is easy, exciting, beautiful and at times chilling to read.

Eleanor Marx

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If you are looking for a book to take on holiday, then look no further. This is a book that is both politically important and enormous fun to read.

Rachel Holmes obviously adores Eleanor Marx, or Tussy as she was known. It is hard not to. As Holmes writes, “If Karl Marx was the theory, Eleanor Marx was the practice.”

She was the first female trade union leader, she co-founded the Socialist League (the precursor to the Labour Party), she was a pioneering feminist, and was the first to translate Flaubert’s classic Madame Bovary.

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