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The Lost History of the Lady Aeronauts (Paperback)

Social History Women of History Georgian Era 20th Century 18th Century

By Sharon Wright
Imprint: Pen & Sword History
Pages: 184
Illustrations: 32 black and white illustrations
ISBN: 9781399005388
Published: 30th April 2021


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From have-a-go Georgians to emancipated Edwardians, the lady aeronauts were actresses, writers, heiresses, scientists, engineers, explorers, showgirls and suffragettes. These unsung trailblazers for female freedom enjoyed lives shot through with sheer courage and joie de vivre. Yet they were all but forgotten. Hold on tight for a white-knuckle balloon ride through their remarkable real life stories…

Praise for Sharon Wright! -
"Sharon Wright tells a fabulous tale, and has uncovered some terrific stories of long forgotten heroines of the air. Some stories are comic, many are tragic, many are a bit of both, and she tells it brilliantly." Bristol Post

"A simply brilliant history that rescues from undeserved obscurity a roster of pioneering women in the very beginning of the age of aviation … an inherently fascinating and impressively informative read from cover to cover." Midwest Book Review

"You couldn’t want for a better antidote to pinkness than these tales of girls and women unleashing their pluck and inventiveness in the unregulated age of balloonomania… This is history at its most satisfying." Damesnet

"You don't need to be interested in ballooning or anything to enjoy this book - it is just a thoroughly entertaining read from a really good writer." Amazon review

"History has never been so much fun!" What’sHerName podcast

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About Sharon Wright

Sharon Wright is a nonfiction author, journalist and playwright. She was born in West Yorkshire and lives in London. She has worked as a writer, editor and columnist for leading national magazines, newspapers and websites including The Guardian, Daily Express, BBC, Disney, Glamour, Red and Take a Break. Sharon is also the author of critically acclaimed plays performed in Yorkshire and London. The Mother of the Brontës, her biography of Maria Branwell, became a #1 Amazon bestseller. Sharon’s books have enjoyed widespread coverage, including BBC Woman’s Hour, the Mail on Sunday, Observer, Times, Daily Telegraph and New York Post.

Birth of Gertrude Bacon

19th April 1874

Gertrude Bacon, a pioneering English aeronaut, author and journalist was born in Cambridge on 19 April 1874.

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