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  • Cover image of book Women & Power: A Manifesto by Mary Beard
    Women & Power: A Manifesto - by Mary Beard

    £6.99   paperback   (2018) - ISBN 13: 9781788160612 | ISBN 10: 1788160614

    Why the popular resonance of 'mansplaining' (despite the intense dislike of the term felt by many men)? It hits home for us because it points straight to what it feels like not to be taken seriously: a bit like when I get lectured on Roman history on ... more

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  • Cover image of book Amazons: The Real Warrior Women of the Ancient World by John Man
    Amazons: The Real Warrior Women of the Ancient World - by John Man

    £9.99   paperback   (2018) - ISBN 13: 9780552173285 | ISBN 10: 0552173282

    Since the time of the ancient Greeks we have been fascinated by accounts of the Amazons, an elusive tribe of hard-fighting, horse-riding female warriors. Equal to men in battle, legends claimed they cut off their right breasts to improve their archer ... more

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  • Cover image of book A Brief History of the Amazons: Women Warriors in Myth and History by Lyn Webster Wilde
    A Brief History of the Amazons: Women Warriors in Myth and History - by Lyn Webster Wilde

    £9.99   paperback   (2016) - ISBN 13: 9781472136770 | ISBN 10: 1472136772

    The true story of the famous female warriors, long thought to be mythical 'Golden-shielded, silver-sworded, man-loving, male-child slaughtering Amazons,' is how the fifth-century Greek historian Hellanicus described the Amazons, and they have fasc ... more

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  • Cover image of book From Cabin
    From Cabin 'Boys' to Captains: 250 Years of Women at Sea - by Jo Stanley

    £20.00   paperback   (2015) - ISBN 13: 9780752488783 | ISBN 10: 0752488783

    Traditionally, a woman’s place was never on stormy seas. But actually thousands of dancers, purserettes, doctors, stewardesses, captains and conductresses have taken to the waveson everything from floating palaces to battered windjammers. Their darin ... more

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  • Cover image of book Goddesses, Whores, Wives and Slaves: Women in Classical Antiquity by Sarah B. Pomeroy
    Goddesses, Whores, Wives and Slaves: Women in Classical Antiquity - by Sarah B. Pomeroy

    £16.99   paperback   (2015) - ISBN 13: 9781847923837 | ISBN 10: 1847923836

    "The classic, groundbreaking account of women's lives in Greece and Rome... The first treatment of women in the ancient world reflect the critical insights of modern feminism."(Mary Beard, Times Literary Supplement) What did women do in ancient Gr ... more

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  • Cover image of book She-Wolves: The Women Who Ruled England Before Elizabeth by Helen Castor
    She-Wolves: The Women Who Ruled England Before Elizabeth - by Helen Castor

    £10.99   paperback   (2011) - ISBN 13: 9780571237067 | ISBN 10: 0571237061

    When Edward VI - Henry VIII’s longed-for son - died in 1553, extraordinarily, there was no one left to claim the title King of England. For the first time, all the contenders for the crown were female.  In 1553, England was about to exper ... more

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  • Cover image of book Striking a Light: The Bryant and May Matchwomen and Their Place in History by Louise Raw, foreword by Sheila Rowbotham
    Striking a Light: The Bryant and May Matchwomen and Their Place in History - by Louise Raw, foreword by Sheila Rowbotham

    £19.99   paperback   (2011) - ISBN 13: 9781441114266 | ISBN 10: 1441114262

    In July 1888, fourteen hundred women and girls employed by the matchmakers Bryant and May walked out of their East End factory and into the history books.   Louise Raw gives us a challenging new interpretation of events proving that the women ... more

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  • Cover image of book Princess, Priestess, Poet: The Sumerian Temple Hymns of Enheduanna by Betty De Shong Meador
    Princess, Priestess, Poet: The Sumerian Temple Hymns of Enheduanna - by Betty De Shong Meador

    £25.99   paperback   (2010) - ISBN 13: 9780292723535 | ISBN 10: 0292723539

    Living in 2300 BCE, Sumerian high priestess Enheduanna became the first author of historical record by signing her name to a collection of hymns written for forty-two temples throughout the southern half of ancient Mesopotamia, the civilization now k ... more

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  • Cover image of book Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier
    Remarkable Creatures - by Tracy Chevalier

    £8.99   paperback   (2010) - ISBN 13: 9780007178384 | ISBN 10: 0007178387

    In the year of the 150th anniversary of Origin of Species, set in a town where Jane Austen was a frequent visitor, Tracy Chevalier once again shows her uncanny sense for the topical.  In the early nineteenth century, a windswept beach along the En ... more

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  • Cover image of book Bluestockings: The Remarkable Story of the First Women to Fight for an Education by Jane Robinson
    Bluestockings: The Remarkable Story of the First Women to Fight for an Education - by Jane Robinson

    £9.99   paperback   (2010) - ISBN 13: 9780141029719 | ISBN 10: 0141029714

    In 1869, when five women enrolled at university for the first time in British history, the average female brain was thought to be 150 grams lighter than a man's. Doctors warned that if women studied too hard their wombs would wither and die. When the ... more

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  • Cover image of book Shakespeare
    Shakespeare's Wife - by Germaine Greer

    £14.99   paperback   (2008) - ISBN 13: 9780747593003 | ISBN 10: 0747593000

    Little is known about the wife of the world's most famous playwright, but much is said about her.  Ann Hathaway has been mocked and vilified by scholars for centuries. The glaring omission of her name from Shakespeare's will has been gleefully used b ... more

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  • Cover image of book Well-Behaved Women Seldom Make History by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich
    Well-Behaved Women Seldom Make History - by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

    £14.99   hardback   (2007) - ISBN 13: 9781400041596 | ISBN 10: 1400041597

    “They didn’t ask to be remembered,” Pulitzer Prize-winning author Laurel Ulrich wrote in 1976 about the pious women of colonial New England. And then she added a phrase that has since gained widespread currency: “Well-behaved women seldom make histor ... more

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  • Cover image of book Black Women for Beginners by S. Pearl Sharp
    Black Women for Beginners - by S. Pearl Sharp

    £11.99   paperback   (2007) - ISBN 13: 9781934389201 | ISBN 10: 193438920x

    There's a Black Woman on each of the seven continents, in almost every country. So no matter where you go, she's already been there. Her presence is everywhere.  Black Women for Beginners chronicles the trials and triumphs of Black Women from an ... more

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  • Cover image of book Lucie Duff Gordon: A Passage to Egypt by Katherine Frank
    Lucie Duff Gordon: A Passage to Egypt - by Katherine Frank

    £12.99   paperback   (2007) - ISBN 13: 9781845113315 | ISBN 10: 1845113314

    Lucie Duff Gordon was a world apart from her Victorian counterparts. An intellectual, traveller, writer and progressive social commentator, she and her husband led a bohemian, eccentric and highly unconventional life in London, socialising with such ... more

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  • Cover image of book The Artemisia Files; Artemisia Gentileschi for Feminists and Other Thinking People. by Edited by Mieke Bal
    The Artemisia Files; Artemisia Gentileschi for Feminists and Other Thinking People. - by Edited by Mieke Bal

    £21.00   paperback   (2006) - ISBN 13: 9780226035826 | ISBN 10: 0226035824

    One of the first female artists to achieve recognition in her own time, Artemisia Gentileschi (1593-1653) became instantly popular in the 1970s when feminist art historians "discovered" her and argued vehemently for a place for her in the canon of It ... more

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  • Cover image of book Nefertiti: Egypt
    Nefertiti: Egypt's Sun Queen - by Joyce A. Tyldesley

    £18.99   paperback   (2005) - ISBN 13: 9780141017242 | ISBN 10: 0141017244

    For over a decade Nefertiti, wife of the heretic king Akhenaten, was the most influential woman in the Bronze Age world; a beautiful queen blessed by the sun-god, adored by her family and worshipped by her people. Her image and her name were celebrat ... more

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  • Cover image of book The Language of the Goddess: Unearthing the Hidden Symbols of Western Civilization by Marija Gimbutas
    The Language of the Goddess: Unearthing the Hidden Symbols of Western Civilization - by Marija Gimbutas

    £18.95   paperback   (2001) - ISBN 13: 9780500282496 | ISBN 10: 0500282498

    In this pioneering and provocative volume, Marija Gimbutas resurrects the world of Goddess-worshipping, earth-centred cultures, bringing ancient matriarchal society vividly to life.   She interveaves comparative mythlogy, early historical sour ... more

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  • Cover image of book The Living Goddesses by Marija Gimbutas
    The Living Goddesses - by Marija Gimbutas

    £27.00   paperback   (2001) - ISBN 13: 9780520229150 | ISBN 10: 0520229150

    This text crowns a lifetime of influential work by one of the 20th-century's most remarkable scholars. Marija Gimbutas wrote and taught with rare clarity in her original - and originally shocking - interpretation of prehistoric European civilization. ... more

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  • Cover image of book Western Women and Imperialism: Complicity and Resistance by Edited by Nupur Chaudhuri and Margaret Strobel
    Western Women and Imperialism: Complicity and Resistance - by Edited by Nupur Chaudhuri and Margaret Strobel

    £17.99   paperback   (1992) - ISBN 13: 9780253207050 | ISBN 10: 0253207053

    "“[Western Women and Imperialism] provides fascinating insights into interactions and attitudes between western and non-western women, mainly in the 19th and early 20th centuries. It is an important contribution to the field of women’s studies and (p ... more

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  • Cover image of book The Darkened Room: Women, Power, and Spiritualism in Late Victorian England by Alex Owen
    The Darkened Room: Women, Power, and Spiritualism in Late Victorian England - by Alex Owen

    £25.00   paperback   (1989) - ISBN 13: 9780226642055 | ISBN 10: 0226642054

    A highly original study that examines the central role played by women as mediums, healers, and believers during the golden age of spiritualism in the late Victorian era, The Darkened Room is more than a meditation on women mediums—it's an exploratio ... more

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