Courage Calls to Courage Everywhere
Jeanette Winterson, Emmeline Pankhurst
Mr B's review
Mr B’s Christmas Catalogue Review 2018
A century since the first Representation of the People Act to include women was passed, who better to reflect on it than Jeanette Winterson? One of our boldest writers, constantly breaking new storytelling ground. Here she looks at the moment when women (only some, in fact) ’won the vote’, moving on to the challenges we face today. Winterson weaves a story of celebration which we’re all part of, with trademark gusto and wit.
Courage Calls to Courage Everywhere is a timely and inspiring call to arms by one of Britain’s most acclaimed and important writers. Whilst recognising how far women have come in the hundred years since getting the vote, Jeanette Winterson also insists that we must all do much more if we are to achieve true gender equality.
Examining recent women’s rights movements, the worlds of politics, technology and social media and changes in the law, Winterson calls out all the ways in which women still face discrimination and disadvantage. Like the women who won the right to vote, we need to shout up, reach out, be courageous and finish the job.
Also included in this volume is Emmeline Pankhurst’s landmark Suffragette speech, ‘Freedom or Death’, which she delivered in 1913.
She is a master of her material, a writer in whom great talent abides * * Vanity Fair * * Many consider her to be the best living writer in this language . . . In [Winterson’s hands], words are fluid, radiant, humming * * Evening Standard * *