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Mrs Pankhurst's Purple Feather: The Woman Who Saved the Birds

Mrs Pankhurst's Purple Feather: The Woman Who Saved the Birds

by Tessa Boase
Mrs Pankhurst's Purple Feather: The Woman Who Saved the Birds

Mrs Pankhurst's Purple Feather: The Woman Who Saved the Birds

by Tessa Boase

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Overview

Read the fascinating story of one of the greatest unsung figures of the nature conservation movement, founder of the RSPB and icon of early animal rights activism, Etta Lemon.

A heroine for our times, Etta Lemon campaigned for fifty years against the worldwide slaughter of birds for extravagantly feathered hats. Her legacy is the RSPB, grown from an all-female pressure group of 1889 with the splendidly simple pledge: Wear No Feathers.

Etta’s long battle against ‘murderous millinery’ triumphed with the Plumage Act of 1921 – but her legacy has been eclipsed by the more glamorous campaign for the vote, led by the elegantly plumed Emmeline Pankhurst.

This gripping narrative explores two formidable heroines and their rival, overlapping campaigns. Moving from the feather workers’ slums to high society, from the first female political rally to the rise of the eco-feminist, it restores Etta Lemon to her rightful place in history – the extraordinary woman who saved the birds.

ETTA LEMON was originally published in hardback in 2018 under the title of MRS PANKHURST'S PURPLE FEATHER.

'A great story of pioneering conservation.' 
KATE HUMBLE
 
‘Quite brilliant. Meticulous and perceptive. A triumph of a book.’
CHARLIE ELDER

‘Shocking and entertaining. The surprising story of the campaigning women who changed Britain.”
VIRGINIA NICHOLSON
 
‘A fascinating and moving story, vividly told.’
JOHN CAREY
 
‘A fascinating clash of two causes: rights for women and rights for birds to fly free not adorn suffragettes’ hats. An illuminating story, provocative, well-researched and brilliantly told.’
DIANA SOUHAMI


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781781318140
Publisher: Aurum Press
Publication date: 06/05/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 336
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Tessa Boase read English at Oxford, and has worked as a scriptwriter, a voiceover artist and an editor at The Daily Telegraph and Daily Mail. As a freelance journalist she has contributed to a wide variety of publications. Her first book, The Housekeeper’s Tale, was published by Aurum in 2014. 

She is married with children and lives between St Leonards on Sea, and Lazio, Italy. 


Tessa Boase read English at Oxford, and has worked as a scriptwriter, a voiceover artist and an editor at The Daily Telegraph and Daily Mail. As a freelance journalist she has contributed to a wide variety of publications. Her first book, The Housekeeper's Tale, was published by Aurum in 2014. She is married with children and lives between St Leonards on Sea, and Lazio, Italy.

Table of Contents

Prologue vii

Part 1 Feathers 1

1 Alice Battershall 2

2 Inspector Lakeman 8

3 97 Lever Street 15

4 Women Undercover 19

5 'Crewe Factory Girl' 23

6 The Skylark 26

Part 2 Birds 31

7 Young Etta 32

8 Young Emmeline 40

9 The Train Carriage 43

10 Of Bird-Wearing Age 47

11 The Tea Party 53

12 Emily Williamson 62

13 A Very Ambitious Title 67

14 Flight 72

15 Impracticable Dreamers 76

16 Courting the Men 82

17 Winifred, Duchess of Portland 88

18 The Crème de la Crème 97

Part 3 Hats 105

19 Dying to Get Out 106

20 The Millinery Detectives 111

21 Queen Alix 115

22 'Egret' Bennett 121

23 Deeds Not Words 128

24 The Frontal Attack 132

25 Mrs Pattinson 137

26 The Countess Fabbricotti 142

27 Royal Approval 150

28 The 'Suffragette' 156

Part 4 Votes 161

29 Onto the Street 162

30 The Antis 174

31 The Feminine Arts 186

32 The Advice of Men 195

33 Maternal Weakness 207

34 Peak Rage 219

35 The Feeding Tube 229

36 Dumb Creation 235

Part 5 Power 241

37 At War 242

38 The Ballot Box 249

39 But What Do Women Care? 256

40 Etta and Emmeline: Two Portraits 263

41 The Coup 272

Epilogue 283

Notes 290

Select Bibliography 305

Acknowledgements 310

Index 313

Picture Credits 321

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