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No Surrender

Constance Elizabeth Maud

Book Overview: 

Written from the midst of the struggle for female suffrage, Constance Elizabeth Maud’s novel No Surrender (1911) is a Call to Arms. It is a dramatic narrative portraying key players and historical events in the battle for the Vote for Women in Britain. Jenny Clegg is a Lancashire millgirl working long, hard hours under unhealthy conditions in order to support her mother and younger siblings, only to have her father take possession of her savings. In order to seek the rights to improved work conditions, equal pay, and many other human rights, she joins the movement of women seeking political representation. The perspectives of the genteel and working classes, men, as well as the Antis, are presented.

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No Surrender is one of a surprisingly few suffragette novels, it is I am sure the only novel I have read from this time that centres wholly on women’s suffrage. William: an Englishman by Cicely Hamilton; Persephone book number one also has a suffragette as a central character but that novel concerns

Sometimes the dialogue is less than subtle but the book is very interesting regarding the involvement of working class women Suffragettes. As it was written in 1911, some years before women gained the vote, the urgency of Suffragette activism is captured very well. It also contains some very harrowi

A well-written dose of female empowerment. I added it to my list of favorite books straightaway!

You can’t read this and not use your vote.

No Surrender was published at the very height of first-wave feminism. It is an excruciating read: characters endure wife beatings, have no custody of their children and must pay their way into a divorce. The Suffragettes are treated as second division crimin

No Surrender is the story of some northern mill workers, and some more well-to-do ladies and their fight to win Votes for Women. It is quite badly written, an awful lot of it is written in dialect so I felt I was wading through some of the chapters. The book is essentially a rather heavy handed pie

I was confounded when I first read about No Surrender on the Persephone Books website. “A suffragette novel” it said. As if that was something remarkable!

And remarkable it was. For all the woman writers, all the books about women’s’ lives I have read I couldn’t think of anything I had read about th

A deeply moving take on working-class contribution to the suffragette movement, literally one of the best books I've ever read!

This book was published in 1911. It is the story of people in the women's suffrage movement in England. Women across the USA didn't get the right to vote until 1920 but the story includes a woman visiting from one of the states where they already did give women the right to vote.

The author was herse

Every woman should read this important book, particularly now we have the election coming up. Although it is actually a novel published in 1911, it gives a fascinating insight as to what it was really like to be a Suffragette, how they were treated by the police, by their families, and almost worst

This is a remarkable book.
The heroine Jenny is a mill worker who's passion is fired by 'Votes for women'
her life and work becomes entwined with the mill owners daughter, Mary O'Neil.
They are both determined that women should be equal to men.
Although this is fiction it brings to life how these women

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