Feature on Open Book: suffragette reading in prison

I joined Open Book, BBC Radio 4, to explain the importance of books to the suffragettes imprisoned in Holloway. While their cells were provided with a book on domestic hygiene, A Perfect Home and How to Keep It, the suffragettes wanted a more challenging read. Some favoured Dickens’ prison novels, others chose the work of George Eliot. They also wrote secret books of their own.

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