• 2nd Apr 2024
  • 7:00pm
  • £10.00

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Sarah Gristwoodis a biographer, journalist and commentator on
royal affairs. Her previous books include the bestselling Arbella: England’s
Lost Queen, The Tudors in Love: The Courtly Code Behind the Last Medieval
Dynasty,
and biographies of Beatrix Potter, Winston Churchill and Queen
Elizabeth II. She is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and the Royal
Society of Arts. She regularly contributes to TV documentary series and news
channels including CNN, Sky News aand the BBC.  Her latest book is Secret Voices – A Year of Women's Diaries.

Featuring more
than a hundred diarists, some famous, others less familiar, Secret Voices
is a rich treasury of women’s experience through the years and across the
world, from Lady Anne Clifford dealing with an unreasonable husband in the
seventeenth century to a teenage Ma Yan yearning for education in the
twenty-first. Universal themes appear: childbirth, clothes and cooking,
sexuality and identity, travel and adventure, sickness and the changing
seasons, marriage, menopause and money. Here, also, are first-hand accounts of
historic events: Queen Victoria’s accession to the throne, the assassination of
President Kennedy, life and loss through two World Wars. You’ll meet
abolitionists and suffragettes, poets and politicians, ordinary housewives and
world-famous TV stars. By turns tragic and hilarious, this fascinating book provides
an essential insight into the lives of women from a spectrum of backgrounds
throughout history.

‘An extraordinary achievement. It's a book for all seasons
– and all people. United across centuries, these women's voices open doors to
lost worlds and make them seem familiar. I am going to keep the book on my
desk and read it daily, prolonging the pleasure! A modern classic.’
Alison Weir, author of
Queens of the Age of
Chivalry

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