The history of Britain, as it’s never been told before, through the achievements of twenty-one women whose lives enthral, intrigue and inspire.
Britain has been defined by its conflicts, its conquests, its men and its monarchs. To say that it's high time it was defined by its women is a severe understatement. Jenni Murray draws together the lives twenty-one women to shed light upon a variety of social, political, religious and cultural aspects of British history.
In lively prose Murray reinvigorates the stories behind the names we all know and reveals the fascinating tales behind those less familiar. From famous queens to forgotten visionaries, and from great artists to our most influential political actors, A History of Britain in 21 Women is a veritable feast of page-turning history.
Jenni Murray was born in Barnsley, Yorkshire. She is a journalist and broadcaster, best known for presenting the celebrated and long-running BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour since 1987. She was described by veteran broadcaster Charles Wheeler as possessing ‘the most beautiful voice on radio, ever’. Jenni began her career in local radio before presenting programmes including Newsnight on BBC2 and Today on Radio 4. She is a regular contributor to various newspapers and magazines, and is the author of several books.