** Shortlisted in the 2020 Parliamentary Book Awards **
** A Sunday Times bestseller **
Well-behaved women don’t make history: difficult women do.
Strikers in saris. Bomb-throwing suffragettes. The pioneer of the refuge movement who became a men’s rights activist.
Forget feel-good heroines: meet the feminist trailblazers who have been airbrushed from history for being ‘difficult’ – and discover how they made a difference.
Here are their stories in all their shocking, funny and unvarnished glory.
‘This is the antidote to saccharine you-go-girl fluff. Effortlessly erudite and funny’ Caroline Criado-Perez
‘Compulsive, rigorous, unforgettable, hilarious and devastating’ Hadley Freeman
Difficult Women is full of vivid detail, jam-packed with research and fizzing with provocation. -- Christina Patterson * Sunday Times * A sparkling history of feminism in 11 fights... The book is full of Lewis' short, sharp political observations...almost always as funny as they are informative... It proves her point; that we all have something to learn from each other, if we can open our minds to the true, complicated nature of humanity. -- Nell Frizzell * Daily Telegraph * Difficult Women is smart, thoughtful and rich in detail... Lewis proves an excellent storyteller who seamlessly blends scholarly inquiry and journalistic investigation with autobiographical titbits and flashes of caustic wit (her footnotes are a hoot). -- Fiona Sturges * Guardian * Difficult Women was a joy to read... I learned so many delicious facts about women whom I thought I knew. In fact, reading Difficult Women felt like sitting down with a friend and gossiping about other women in our circle... It has some howl-out-loud funny moments... Helen Lewis does more than just tell their stories - she allows them to be complicated, something that women are so rarely permitted to be. -- Jess Phillips * New Statesman * Whoever said feminists lack a sense of humour has not read enough Lewis... A funny, sparky, wide-ranging account... Her book isn't at all a conventional history. It's a collection of powerful personal essays on the gnarly issues that women continue to face... I read Difficult Women with gratitude. It's an authoritative benchmark of modern feminism, written by someone on top of her game... Hooray for a great book by a clever, clear-sighted, straight-talking, difficult young woman. -- Melanie Reid * The Times *
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