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Includes audio exclusive bonus material: Suranne Jones, Maya Jama, Gemma Cairney and Anneka Harry discuss their favourite Gender Rebels, feminism, their female role models and how women are missing (or misrepresented) in the history books.  

Meet the unsung sheroes of history: the diverse, defiant and daring (wo)men who changed the rules, and their identities, to get sh*t done.

You’ll encounter Kit Cavanagh, the swaggering Irish dragoon who was the first woman to be buried in London with full military honours; marauding 18th-century pirates Mary Read and Anne Bonny, who collided on the high seas after swapping their petticoats for pantaloons; Ellen Craft, an escaped slave who masqueraded as a white master to spirit her husband-to-be to freedom; and Billy Tipton, the swinging jazz musician, who led a double life as an adult, taking five wives along the way.

A call to action for the modern world, this book celebrates the #GenderRebels who paved the way for women everywhere to be soldiers and spies; kings and queens; firefighters, doctors, pilots; and a Swiss Army knife’s-worth more. These superbly spirited (wo)men all had one thing in common: they defied the rules to progress in a man’s world.

©2019 Anneka Harry (P)2019 W. F. Howes Ltd

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  • gova
  • 11-06-2020

Inspired, Informed & delighted!

I really had not expected to be surprised by the women who's histories were chosen! but, surprised, I was. delightfully so😍
The narrator's (all women) were especially charming❤. loved the pirate story - " the harrrbarrh!"😂

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  • Hannah
  • 21-06-2020

Why aren’t we taught this in school?

Loved this audiobook. It’s so informative about women’s history and I think would be inspiring for women and for young people especially. We need to be hearing these stories so we can move forward in a fair society. It’s not your usual dry history either...it’s bitesize and fun, full of laughs and roll-your-eyes moments as well as poignant and hard hitting struggles. Definitely recommend

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  • Eannha
  • 11-06-2020

An absorbing but fun historic account

A well researched informative account of the lives of some extraordinary women told in the authors own unique style

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-02-2021

Give this woman an award for bringing women’s stories to light.

Who wouldn’t want to hear brilliant women read a book written by a woman about other fantastic women aka gender rebels?! - I loved every second of it and mourned it’s ending deeply! (Part II anyone!?!?!)
To quote another woman (Jane Austen) “If a book is well written, I always find it too short”.

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  • Linda
  • 07-02-2021

Don’t bother if you are over 30!

I was really looking forward to this book. I have stuck with it for 3 hours, can’t stand any more. Really interesting subject lost in too much over-excited, superfluous waffle and what I consider silliness, but then I’m in my mid 50s. I worry for our youngsters if this is the only way they can take in knowledge. Examples: As Hatshepsut had no sons, the pre-mentioned willy waving royal rule makers ... they found a son ... by one of his side line baby mommas ...’ Of someone living 1720-1760, Apart from a gap of around 2 or 3 years that we don’t really know what Peg was up to – probably flogging’ double glazing in a call centre with all the other out of work actors ...’ and later in the chapter ‘Get up off your junk and give Peg a standing ovation.‘ And of another woman, ‘the family moved from Somerset for no apparent reason, perhaps they preferred teacakes and whisky to scones and scrumpy.’ These are only a few, and not some of the worst for me. I have enjoyed other non-fiction books which bring in light relief and a bit of humour, but this book is just too much. It has made me feel very old.

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  • Straycat
  • 23-05-2021

Fascinating..

Why ?.. Do we not know the lives of these women.
Perfect listen in chunks, opens your mind to the struggles women have had to put up with in order to be successful in their own right.

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  • Winsome
  • 26-03-2021

Cringeworthy

I really wanted to like this.
Quite enjoyed the introduction, but the tone was just too much to sustain the whole book.
I’d categorise it as “1980s/1990s Drunk Undergrad”.
There’s pop culture references all over the place, including at least one (ellen degeneres) where a previously admired person has fallen from grace, which really dates it.

Unbearable I had to give up & return it.

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