A History of Women's Lives on the Isle of Wight (Paperback)
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Ask somebody to give you the name of a woman from history and they’ll probably give you that of a queen. If not royalty, it’ll be a famous courtesan, a noblewoman, a rogue. Some women manage to be all four things at once.
Take a look outside, however, and you’ll see a diverse range of women, all with their own set of experiences, preferences, feelings and thoughts - their own stories. And every one of these women will have just one thing in common; they are completely and utterly ordinary.
Ordinary women don’t make it into history books - until now.
A History of Women's Lives of the Isle of Wight focuses on women who were living on the Island between 1850 and 1950. These ladies were just like the women you see every single day. They thought their own thoughts; they felt their own feelings; and they have been lost to time. Because a woman must be more than ordinary to be remembered.
Except what is ordinary? Is it a single mother nursing her child through a deadly disease? Is it giving up on your own dreams to take on the role of mother when yours passes on? Is it becoming one of the greatest artists of the modern era, only to wind up with none of your paintings on display in any of the most prestigious museums?
We’re not all queens. But in being ordinary, maybe we’re really extraordinary.
I really enjoy the books in this series and this one was a pleasure to read - I enjoyed that the period covers from 1850-1950 covering some of my favourite periods in history through from the Victorian and Edwardian eras to the second World War.NetGalley, Donna Maguire
I love social history and this series is a great way to find out more about how women from different areas have developed over time, from the clothes they wear, the jobs they do and to changes in relationships and in the home.
There were a lot of changes over the period and it is great to have the impact focused on a particular area to follow the changes over the 100-year period.
This book did have a few more descriptions how the changes would have affected women overall and not just limited down to the Isle of Wight so the range is a little broader than in some books.
The book was well researched and well written and I found it to be an easy read.
It is 4 stars from me for this one – highly recommended and it was a great insight into what women’s lives would have been like on the Isle of Wight during this period!
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Inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally well written, "A History of Women's Lives on the Isle of Wigh" by author Daisy Plant is enhanced for academia with the inclusion of a two page listing of Resources and a five page Index. While "A History of Women's Lives on the Isle of Wigh" is unreservedly endorsed and recommended for community and academic library collections.Midwest Book Review
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A fascinating historical book on women that is well written and researched.NetGalley, Heather Bennett
An enjoyable read about the lives of women and how they’ve changed over the last 150 years and relevant for women everywhere, not just the Isle of Wight... As a former Isle of Wight woman myself, it was great to read about the place I still call home!NetGalley, Katrina Oliver
I enjoyed this book about women's lives on the Isle of Wight. This nonfiction selection tells so many interesting facts about these women that lived from 1850 to 1950. It seemed they had a lot in common with women from other countries as well. A well-written history of women and how they lived.NetGalley, Sharon Brewer
I did enjoy the conversational tone of this history of women's lives on the Isle of Wight. I particularly liked that it covered the one hundred years from 1850 to 1950 since I was born in 1950. It was fun to imagine what life might have been like for my mother and serval generations before had they lived there. It also makes me want to travel there next time I'm in the UK.NetGalley, Judy Brown
I very much enjoyed this book. The contrast of the way women lived in the 1850’s and in the 1950’s is fascinating, while also a bit depressing that women had been second class citizen’s for a long time and it still feels like we carry more of a burden. .NetGalley, Paola Hernandez
The research is a lot but it does not feel heavy and it does not feel repetitive.
I can’t help but feel that in my country; Mexico. women’s lives were similar but we have decades to catch up on. Not just civil rights (abortion, same sex marriage, labor laws) but also the cultural and financial bias that is still very much a part of the landscape.
In conclusion, a very interesting read and would recommend.