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A History of the World in 21 Women

A Personal Selection

Published by Oneworld Publications
Distributed by Simon & Schuster

From the bestselling author of A History of Britain in 21 Women

The history of the world is the history of great women.

Marie Curie discovered radium and revolutionised medical science. Empress Cixi transformed China. Frida Kahlo turned an unflinching eye on life and death. Anna Politkovskaya dared to speak truth to power, no matter the cost. Their names should be shouted from the rooftops.

And that is exactly what Jenni Murray is here to do.

‘Each story has been lovingly researched and crafted with care… The book is written in a fresh, accessible, at times witty style… Murray skilfully interweaves stories of the familiar with the lesser-known, and brings new information to light… Not only has Murray succeeded in her aim to celebrate women’s achievements, but this book is an achievement in itself – one that everyone who identifies as a feminist (and anyone who doesn’t) should read.’

– Resurgence & Ecologist

'Enlightening pieces of passion about 21 pioneering woman delivered with personal verve.'

– LoveReading

‘Charming...[Murray’s] selection is pleasingly varied… but the strength of the collection lies in Murray’s relaxed and intimate style… a testament to the achievements and the complicated legacies, of extraordinary women.’

– BBC History Magazine

‘In this interesting twist on collective biography…has chosen 21 women to document history… Whether browsing for fun or reading cover to cover, readers will find this equally satisfying.’

– Booklist

‘Ambitious, engaging and accessible. Who better than Jenni Murray to curate this whistle-stop tour of the globe and introduce twenty-one women who in different times and different places dared to be different?’

– Dr Anna Whitelock, author of Mary Tudor: England’s First Queen

‘A valuable resource for all readers. Jenni Murray’s collection of distinguished women is illuminating and inspiring.’

– Charlotte Gordon, author of Romantic Outlaws: The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley

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