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I really liked this, though it's a necessary limitation that when the diary stops things peter out a bit as the evidence becomes more second and third-hand.
I saw her talking at Port Eliot and she was really interesting and managed to be the sort of feminist I really like, collected and intelligent and allowing the audience or reader to draw their own conclusions about how women have been treated in the past.

Susan in TX

I'm really looking forward to reading this one!

Christine Harding

Enjoyed your review - I'm waiting to try and get this from the library.


Was she who Simon & Garfunkel were originally singing about, do you think?


An excellent book!


I found a brand new copy of this yesterday at my favorite used bookstore (at less than half price--a real find and quite a bargain). I'm looking forward to reading it!

Simon Savidge

I am so cross with myself. I got a very early copy of this when I went to Bloomsbury HQ and somehow I still haven't had the time to read it. What is all that about? Especially vexing as it was one of the books that I was most excited about reading this year. I will have to get to it pronto, which may mean Christmas. Ha!


Hmm. I have been listening to this on R4 this week and I have been disappointed. It is entirely possible that my disappointment is due to the abridgement and/or the reader. But also I had thought that the book was a novelisation of the events, rather than a detached reporting of them, which I am not finding very engaging.


That's interesting, Ros. I must say that it's not a book I would see as a good fit for straight reading/abridgement on the radio, though Kate herself in some sort of discussion programme would be very good.

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