Thank you to all the Amazon reviewers. You can read the full reviews at Amazon UK.
5 out of 5 stars. By L. M. Wood on 26 February 2016
Enjoyable and informative.
4 out of 5 Stars By Keith H Trivett on 1 November 2015
A well-researched and interesting account of the role and activities of suffragettes in Bristol.
5 out of 5 stars By Lincoln Lad on 22 September 2015
An excellent book that I read in two sittings mainly because like a good mystery novel you want to know what happens next. Packed with information that must have taken an age to research, plus timelines, summary of dramatis personae, a Bristol walk and comprehensive index so a book to keep…
3 out of 5 Stars By Valentine on 4 July 2014
It’s a good introduction to the subject and the suffragettes’ links with Bristol. There’s a pull-out map for a walk around places linked with meetings, protests etc, and short profiles of some Bristol suffragettes whom readers might not have heard of…
5 out of 5 stars. A fascinating, accessible account of the Suffragettes in Bristol, 22 July 2013
By Mrs. Deborah Young “Young By Name” (Gloucestershire, England)
This review is from: The Bristol Suffragettes (Paperback)
As a Londoner who has lived in or near Bristol for nearly half my life, I never realised that there was a significant Suffragette movement outside of London until I came across this detailed and fascinating description of the individuals and events to do with the Suffragette movement in and around Bristol.
Included is a map of a Bristol city walk that includes particularly significant places, e.g. their official shop on Park Street, which was attacked and torched by university students as revenge for the Suffragettes burning down their sports pavilion. Phew – heady stuff!
But their protests were mainly relatively harmless and non-violent. I love their idea of sending letters to MPs laced with snuff or pepper – certainly a way to get their attention without causing loss of life or limb!
Although Lucienne Boyce narrates this story with detachment and objectivity, it is very moving. I hadn’t realised before that the cause of the suffragettes’ militancy was incredible rudeness and intolerance not only from male MPs but from much of the rest of the population. Even other women were campaigning AGAINST giving women the vote – shocking! But the Suffragettes had the moral high ground, giving up their campaign as soon as the First World War broke out, so as to put all their energies into the war effort instead. Ironic that it was this that eventually brought them the vote (though not on equal terms with men until a decade after it had ended).
Special mention should be made of the book’s beautiful presentation and design, using the Suffragettes’ distinctive colours, adding to the pleasure of reading it.
In all, a fascinating book, with lots of snippets that you’ll want to read out to anyone who happens to be nearby (“Did you know….?”) I learned a great deal from reading it and my respect for these brave, determined ladies (and the occasional gentleman supporter) has grown enormously. Thank you, Lucienne Boyce.