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Sylvia Pankhurst - daughter of Emmeline and younger sister of Christabel - is in many ways the most fascinating member of the Pankhurst family: not only a courageous and dauntless political campaigner but someone who led a singularly maverick and exotic life. As a young woman she supported the Suffragette cause of her mother and sister, and during several periods of impris Sylvia Pankhurst - daughter of Emmeline and younger sister of Christabel - is in many ways the most fascinating member of the Pankhurst family: not only a courageous and dauntless political campaigner but someone who led a singularly maverick and exotic life. As a young woman she supported the Suffragette cause of her mother and sister, and during several periods of imprisonment endured the horrific ordeal of force-feeding. She also enjoyed a long and intimate relationship with the veteran Labour politician Keir Hardie. Expelled from the Suffragettes after the war for refusing to drop the campaign for social justice in favour of the war effort, she subsequently became a Communist, met Lenin in Moscow, and then had a child with an Italian political exile, with whom she campaigned against Italian fascism and for the cause of Ethiopian independence. She spent the last years of her life in Ethiopia at the grateful invitation of Haile Selassie, and remains the only foreigner to have been honoured by an Ethiopian state funeral.


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Sylvia Pankhurst - daughter of Emmeline and younger sister of Christabel - is in many ways the most fascinating member of the Pankhurst family: not only a courageous and dauntless political campaigner but someone who led a singularly maverick and exotic life. As a young woman she supported the Suffragette cause of her mother and sister, and during several periods of impris Sylvia Pankhurst - daughter of Emmeline and younger sister of Christabel - is in many ways the most fascinating member of the Pankhurst family: not only a courageous and dauntless political campaigner but someone who led a singularly maverick and exotic life. As a young woman she supported the Suffragette cause of her mother and sister, and during several periods of imprisonment endured the horrific ordeal of force-feeding. She also enjoyed a long and intimate relationship with the veteran Labour politician Keir Hardie. Expelled from the Suffragettes after the war for refusing to drop the campaign for social justice in favour of the war effort, she subsequently became a Communist, met Lenin in Moscow, and then had a child with an Italian political exile, with whom she campaigned against Italian fascism and for the cause of Ethiopian independence. She spent the last years of her life in Ethiopia at the grateful invitation of Haile Selassie, and remains the only foreigner to have been honoured by an Ethiopian state funeral.

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  1. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Joan

    Leaving aside the first chapter, which I found was a muddle, this is definitely a five star read, not only because Sylvia's very packed and comprehensive story is fascinating in itself, but you are also get a comprehensive picture of politics during Sylvia's lifetime with not a word wasted. Highly recommended. Leaving aside the first chapter, which I found was a muddle, this is definitely a five star read, not only because Sylvia's very packed and comprehensive story is fascinating in itself, but you are also get a comprehensive picture of politics during Sylvia's lifetime with not a word wasted. Highly recommended.

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    Emily

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    Claire Kearns

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  17. 4 out of 5

    Heather

  18. 5 out of 5

    Joanne Marshall

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