Sylvia Pankhurst: Natural Born Rebel

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Bloomsbury Publishing
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6.1 X 8.6 X 2.4 inches | 3.55 pounds

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About the Author

Rachel Holmes is the author of Eleanor Marx: A Life, The Secret Life of Dr. James Barry and African Queen: The Real Life of the Hottentot Venus. She is co-editor of Fifty Shades of Feminism and I Call Myself A Feminist. She lives in London.


"Magnificent . . . Richly textured with historical details, crackling with the vibrant personalities of major and minor figures, and interspersed with clear-eyed, incisive analyses of Pankhurst's character and actions, this is a flat-out fabulous biography. History buffs will be mesmerized." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Holmes paints a vivid portrait of a crusading pioneer for women's rights, placing Pankhurst at the epicenters of battles for human dignity throughout the modern era and around the globe . . . Holmes' comprehensive biography can serve as inspiration for new generations of activists." --Booklist

"A spectacular work by one of the most accomplished biographers writing today. Rachel Holmes's Sylvia peels away the mystique and misinformation surrounding the life of perhaps the most interesting and complex of the mighty Pankhurst women." --Anita Anand, author of Sophia: Princess, Suffragette, Revolutionary

"No one writes history quite like Rachel Holmes with her astounding gift for animating the past and revealing its uncanny contemporary relevance . . . Sylvia Pankhurst tells an epic tale of the last century that speaks so presciently to current dark times. The intimate, national and global adventures of this great and brave woman are recounted with color and precision . . . All of human life is here in a perfect read for the hard season to come." --Shami Chakrabarti, author of On Liberty

"Captures vividly the drama of a woman with a hunger for the world who did her damnedest to live on the largest terms possible, and to a very considerable degree succeeded." --New York Times Book Review on ELEANOR MARX, Editors' Choice

"A powerful portrait of a radical mind in all its high-keyed intensity." --Wall Street Journal on ELEANOR MARX

"Superb . . . I doubt the reader will close this brilliant biography unmoved by this extraordinary woman's life and untroubled by the inevitable questions it raises about global capitalism now." --Jeanette Winterson, Daily Telegraph on ELEANOR MARX

"Eleanor Marx is both a challenging and a stimulating subject for a biographer. In this widely researched and passionately written book, Rachel Holmes has found an original way of presenting her." --Michael Holroyd on ELEANOR MARX

"Thanks to Holmes' fresh and vital style--not to mention her endearing partisanship--Eleanor Marx: A Life reads less like a biography than a 19th century novel." --Financial Times on ELEANOR MARX