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Our Biggest Experiment - An Epic History of the Climate Crisis (Hardcover): Alice Bell Our Biggest Experiment - An Epic History of the Climate Crisis (Hardcover)
Alice Bell
R612 R519 Discovery Miles 5 190 Save R93 (15%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Women and the Colonial Gaze (Hardcover): Tamara L. Hunt, Micheline R. Lessard Women and the Colonial Gaze (Hardcover)
Tamara L. Hunt, Micheline R. Lessard
R2,165 Discovery Miles 21 650 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

"Considered as a whole, this collection offers a basis for generalisations and specialised inquiry that will support both teaching and further research on the role of women in world history."--"Itinerario"

"The book deserves credit for stimulating such questions, which have broad appeal among scholars of colonialism, including those who do not work on gender. Its broad coverage and accessible language give it access to a wider audience than many academic anthologies, thereby advancing the interests of all those who value the study of colonial history."--"Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History"

Women and the Colonial Gaze is the first collection to present a broad chronological and geographical examination of the ways in which images and stereotypes of women have been used to define relationships between colonial powers and subject peoples.

In essays ranging from ancient Rome to twentieth-century Asia and Africa, the contributions suggest that the use of gender as a tool in the imperialist context is much older and more comprehensive than previously suggested. Contributors look particularly at the ways in which colonizers constructed a national identity by creating a contrast with the colonial "other," in contexts ranging from Christian views of Islam women in medieval Spain to French beliefs about Native American women. They also examine the ways in which images of gender as constructed by colonial powers impacted the lives of native women from colonial-era India to Korea to Swaziland.

Comparative in its approach, the volume will appeal to students and historians of women's studies, colonialism, and the development of national identity.

Sensational - The Hidden History of America's "Girl Stunt Reporters" (Hardcover): Kim Todd Sensational - The Hidden History of America's "Girl Stunt Reporters" (Hardcover)
Kim Todd
R558 R406 Discovery Miles 4 060 Save R152 (27%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days
Rest, Girl - A Journey from Exhausted and Stressed to Entirely Blessed (Paperback): Jami Amerine Rest, Girl - A Journey from Exhausted and Stressed to Entirely Blessed (Paperback)
Jami Amerine
R328 R283 Discovery Miles 2 830 Save R45 (14%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Dandy - Peacock or Enigma? (Hardcover, New): Nigel Rodgers The Dandy - Peacock or Enigma? (Hardcover, New)
Nigel Rodgers 1
R680 R644 Discovery Miles 6 440 Save R36 (5%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

The 'Dandy' is not just an elaborately, well-dressed man - nor is he an exclusively English phenomenon. He is something far more universal and intriguing. The author captures the lives of the Dandies - some were aristocratic but most were not. All, however, had the chutzpah and style to be a true Dandy. Their stories are told against a backdrop of revolutions and war in the world's great cities (London, Paris, New York, Hollywood, Moscow, Berlin), and amid financial and sexual scandals. All too often Dandies lived in luxury but died in penury. The Dandy's place in history is assured. Not because Dandies have made any major contributions to politics, economics or warfare, but because they were, and continue to be, figures of huge but subtle significance - baffling, enigmatic, iconic.

Unwell Women - A Journey Through Medicine And Myth in a Man-Made World (Paperback): Elinor Cleghorn Unwell Women - A Journey Through Medicine And Myth in a Man-Made World (Paperback)
Elinor Cleghorn
R327 Discovery Miles 3 270 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

'Seamlessly melding scholarship with passion, Unwell Women is the definition of unputdownable' Telegraph 'A richly detailed, wide-ranging and enraging history... Unwell Women is not just a compelling investigation, but an essential one' Observer 'A passionate and indignant history' The Times 'A searing, brilliant investigation, an intricate and urgent book on how women's health has constantly been misunderstood and miscast throughout history' Kate Williams 'One of the most important books of our generation' Fern Riddell 'UNWELL WOMEN is a powerful and fascinating book that takes an unsparing look at how women's bodies have been misunderstood and misdiagnosed for centuries.' Lindsey Fitzharris 'We are taught that medicine is the art of solving our body's mysteries. And as a science, we expect medicine to uphold the principles of evidence and impartiality. We want our doctors to listen to us and care for us as people, but we also need their assessments of our pain and fevers, aches and exhaustion to be free of any prejudice about who we are, our gender, or the colour of our skin. But medicine carries the burden of its own troubling history. The history of medicine, of illness, is a history of people, of their bodies and their lives, not just physicians, surgeons, clinicians and researchers. And medical progress has always reflected the realities of a changing world, and the meanings of being human.' In Unwell Women Elinor Cleghorn unpacks the roots of the perpetual misunderstanding, mystification and misdiagnosis of women's bodies, and traces the journey from the 'wandering womb' of ancient Greece, the rise of witch trials in Medieval Europe, through the dawn of Hysteria, to modern day understandings of autoimmune diseases, the menopause and conditions like endometriosis. Packed with character studies of women who have suffered, challenged and rewritten medical orthodoxy - and drawing on her own experience of un-diagnosed Lupus disease - this is a ground-breaking and timely expose of the medical world and woman's place within it.

Make Their Day - 101 Simple, Powerful Ways to Love Others Well (Paperback): Karen Ehman Make Their Day - 101 Simple, Powerful Ways to Love Others Well (Paperback)
Karen Ehman
R217 Discovery Miles 2 170 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

You dream of making your presence really count in the lives of others, but you don't know where--or how--to start. You want to be remembered as a woman who scattered kindness to everyone she knew, but you feel like your busy schedule constantly gets in the way. In this practical and deeply touching guide--inspired by her book Reach Out, Gather In--popular author Karen Ehman gives you 101 actionable ideas you can implement today to truly make a difference in the lives of other people. Make Their Day is filled with creative ideas to connect with your family and friends on a deeper level throughout the year. This book will help you develop habits of kindness, reconnect with friends and family, and make encouraging people a priority. You'll be able to put these ideas into action in real time with everyone in your life--even if hospitality doesn't come naturally to you or you don't think you have time. Let's outshine the negativity and hatred in our world, and reach out to others with love, just as God intended.

Women and Christianity, Vol 1 (Paperback): M. Malone Women and Christianity, Vol 1 (Paperback)
M. Malone
R539 R450 Discovery Miles 4 500 Save R89 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Challenges at the Intersection of Gender and Ethnic Identity in Kenya (Pamphlet): Laura A YOUNG Challenges at the Intersection of Gender and Ethnic Identity in Kenya (Pamphlet)
Laura A YOUNG
R154 Discovery Miles 1 540 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
The Handmaid's Tale - the book that inspired the hit TV series (Paperback, Media tie-in): Margaret Atwood The Handmaid's Tale - the book that inspired the hit TV series (Paperback, Media tie-in)
Margaret Atwood 2
R238 R199 Discovery Miles 1 990 Save R39 (16%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

Go back to where it all began with the dystopian novel behind the award-winning TV series.

Offred is a Handmaid in The Republic of Gilead, a religious totalitarian state in what was formerly known as the United States. She is placed in the household of The Commander, Fred Waterford - her assigned name, Offred, means 'of Fred'. She has only one function: to breed. If Offred refuses to enter into sexual servitude to repopulate a devastated world, she will be hanged. Yet even a repressive state cannot eradicate hope and desire.

As she recalls her pre-revolution life in flashbacks, Offred must navigate through the terrifying landscape of torture and persecution in the present day, and between two men upon which her future hangs.

Masterfully conceived and executed, this haunting vision of the future places Margaret Atwood at the forefront of dystopian fiction.

How Women Can Save The Planet (Hardcover): Anne Karpf How Women Can Save The Planet (Hardcover)
Anne Karpf
R400 Discovery Miles 4 000 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Here's a perverse truth: from New Orleans to Bangladesh, women--especially poor women of colour--are suffering most from a crisis they have done nothing to cause. Yet where, in environmental policy, are the voices of elderly European women dying in heatwaves? Of African girls dropping out of school due to drought? Our highest-profile climate activists are women and girls; but, at the top table, it's men deciding the earth's future. We're not all in it together--but we could be. Instead of expecting individual women to save the planet, what we need are visionary, global climate policies that are gender-inclusive and promote gender equality. Anne Karpf shines a light on the radical ideas, compelling research and tireless campaigns, led by and for women around the world, that have inspired her to hope. Her conversations with female activists show how we can fight back, with strength in diversity. And, faced with the most urgent catastrophe of our times, she offers a powerful vision: a Green New Deal for Women.

Dear Yeats, Dear Pound, Dear Ford - Jeanne Robert Foster and Her Circle of Friends (Hardcover, 1st ed): Richard Londraville Dear Yeats, Dear Pound, Dear Ford - Jeanne Robert Foster and Her Circle of Friends (Hardcover, 1st ed)
Richard Londraville
R425 R364 Discovery Miles 3 640 Save R61 (14%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The life of a remarkable Adirondack woman (model, journalist, and poet) provides readers with a unique insider's view--drawn from diaries and primary material published here for the first time--into art and literature during the birth of the Age of Modernism. Jeanne Foster challenged the accepted role for women at the turn of the twentieth century. Born on a hardscrabble farm in the Adirondack Mountains in 1879, she was hailed as an important voice in American poetry by 1916 when her first books of verse, Neighbors of Yesterday and Wild Apples were published. She had early success as a model--she was the Harrison Fisher girl of 1903--and later became a journalist for the American Review of Reviews. In 1918, she met John Quinn, patron of the arts, which placed her in the middle of some of the most important literary and artistic movements in the twentieth century. She counted among her friends John Butler and William Butler Yeats, Ezra Pound, James Joyce, Ford Madox Ford, Pablo Picasso, and Constantin Brancusi. This book reveals her dark affair with Aleister Crowley and her great friendship with Tomas Masaryk of Czechoslovakia. Today, Jeanne Foster lies buried in Chestertown, New York, next to her old friend John Butler Yeats.

Introducing Feminist Theology (Paperback): Anne M. Clifford Introducing Feminist Theology (Paperback)
Anne M. Clifford
R517 R438 Discovery Miles 4 380 Save R79 (15%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Introducing Feminist Theology responds to the questions "What is feminist theology?" and "Why is it important?" by considering the perspectives of women from around the globe who have very diverse life experience and relationships to God, Church and creation. Clifford introduces the major forms of feminist theology: "radical, " "reformist, " and "reconstructionist, " and highlights some of their specific characteristics.

Plays 1682-1696: Volume 4, The Plays 1682-1696 (Hardcover): Aphra Behn Plays 1682-1696: Volume 4, The Plays 1682-1696 (Hardcover)
Aphra Behn; Edited by Rachel Adcock, Kate Aughterson, Claire Bowditch, Elaine Hobby, …
R2,644 R2,435 Discovery Miles 24 350 Save R209 (8%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Aphra Behn (1640-1689) is renowned as the first professional woman of literature and drama in English. Her career in the Restoration theatre extended over two decades, encompassing remarkable generic range and diversity. Her last five plays, written and performed between 1682 and 1696, include city comedies (The City-Heiress, The Luckey Chance), a farce (The Emperor of the Moon), a tragicomedy (The Widdow Ranter), and a comedy of family inheritance (The Younger Brother). These plays exemplify Behn's skills in writing for individual performers, and exhibit the topical political engagement for which she is renowned. They witness to Behn's popularity with theatre audiences during the politically and financially difficult years of the 1680s and even after her death. Informed by the most up-to-date research in computational attribution, this fully annotated edition draws on recent scholarship to provide a comprehensive guide to Behn's work, and the literary, theatrical and political history of the Restoration.

Widowland (Paperback): C.J. Carey Widowland (Paperback)
C.J. Carey
R355 R284 Discovery Miles 2 840 Save R71 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

'READING THIS TERRIFIC, ORWELLIAN NOVEL YOU ALMOST HOLD YOUR BREATH' Bel Mooney An alternative history with a strong feminist twist, perfect for fans of Robert Harris' Fatherland, Christina Dalcher's Vox and the dystopian novels of Margaret Atwood. 'A TRIUMPH' Amanda Craig 'CONVINCING AND GRIPPING' Elizabeth Buchan 'BRILLIANTLY IMAGINED' Clare Chambers 'TERRIFIC HEROINE' Adele Geras 'VIVIDLY IMAGINED' Nicci French To control the past, they edited history. To control the future, they edited literature. London, 1953, Coronation year - but not the Coronation of Elizabeth II. Thirteen years have passed since a Grand Alliance between Great Britain and Germany was formalized. George VI and his family have been murdered and Edward VIII rules as King. Yet, in practice, all power is vested in Alfred Rosenberg, Britain's Protector. The role and status of women is Rosenberg's particular interest. Rose Ransom belongs to the elite caste of women and works at the Ministry of Culture, rewriting literature to correct the views of the past. But now she has been given a special task. Outbreaks of insurgency have been seen across the country; graffiti daubed on public buildings. Disturbingly, the graffiti is made up of lines from forbidden works, subversive words from the voices of women. Suspicion has fallen on Widowland, the run-down slums where childless women over fifty have been banished. These women are known to be mutinous, for they have nothing to lose. Before the Leader arrives for the Coronation ceremony of King Edward and Queen Wallis, Rose must infiltrate Widowland to find the source of this rebellion and ensure that it is quashed. 'THE MOST IMPORTANT FEMINIST NOVEL IN DECADES' Jane Harris 'A VERY SMART REIMAGINED HISTORY' Henry Porter 'BRIMMING WITH CRACKLING DETAIL, A GRIPPING THRILLER' Miranda Carter

Intimate Reading - The Contemporary Women's Memoir (Paperback, 1st ed): Janet Mason Ellerby Intimate Reading - The Contemporary Women's Memoir (Paperback, 1st ed)
Janet Mason Ellerby
R437 R377 Discovery Miles 3 770 Save R60 (14%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

An innovative study of the contemporary memoir, blending autobiography and literary analysis to illuminole the intellectual, cultural, and emotional dynamics of life writing Maintaining that the memoir requires a more personal relationship with its readers and critics, Janet Mason Ellerby calls for ""intimate readings."" She begins this work with her own memoir, narrating a long-held secret - her pregnancy at age sixteen, her life in the Florence Crittendon Home for Unwed Mothers, and the birth and adoption of her first daughter. She goes on to tell about the aftermath of this pivotal time in and the painful consequences of keeping a secret. Included are detailed analyses of more than a dozen contemporary memoirs by American women, all of which share a common purpose: the disclosure of secrets. Ellerby describes the costs of this secrecy and explores the possibilities of breaking intractable codes of silence. It is a study that is germane to the intellectual and emotional lives of all women. This book is the first serious exploration of a genre that has gained acceptance with an expanding audience of readers. Ellerby maintains that the efforts of memoirists to plumb their painful pasts has cultural significance and precipitates important social work. The memoir joins fiction and autobiography as an important commentary on modern life.

The Tolls of Uncertainty - How Privilege and the Guilt Gap Shape Unemployment in America (Hardcover): Sarah Damaske The Tolls of Uncertainty - How Privilege and the Guilt Gap Shape Unemployment in America (Hardcover)
Sarah Damaske
R497 Discovery Miles 4 970 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

An indispensable investigation into the American unemployment system and the ways gender and class affect the lives of those looking for work Through the intimate stories of those seeking work, The Tolls of Uncertainty offers a startling look at the nation's unemployment system-who it helps, who it hurts, and what, if anything, we can do to make it fair. Drawing on interviews with one hundred men and women who have lost jobs across Pennsylvania, Sarah Damaske examines the ways unemployment shapes families, finances, health, and the job hunt. Damaske demonstrates that commonly held views of unemployment are either incomplete or just plain wrong. Shaped by a person's gender and class, unemployment generates new inequalities that cast uncertainties on the search for work and on life chances beyond the world of work, threatening opportunity in America. Following in depth the lives of four individuals over the course of their unemployment experiences, Damaske offers insights into how the unemployed perceive their relationship to work. She reveals the high levels of blame that women who have lost jobs place on themselves, leading them to put their families' needs above their own, sacrifice their health, and take on more tasks inside the home. This "guilt gap" illustrates how unemployment all too often exacerbates existing differences between men and women. Class privilege, too, gives some an advantage, while leaving others at the mercy of an underfunded unemployment system. Middle-class men are generally able to create the time and space to search for good work, but many others are bogged down by the challenges of poverty-level unemployment benefits and family pressures and fall further behind. Timely and engaging, The Tolls of Uncertainty posits that a new path must be taken if the nation's unemployed are to find real relief.

Rise of the Girl - Seven Empowering Conversations To Have With Your Daughter (Hardcover): Jo Wimble-Groves Rise of the Girl - Seven Empowering Conversations To Have With Your Daughter (Hardcover)
Jo Wimble-Groves
R521 R378 Discovery Miles 3 780 Save R143 (27%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

Help your daughter fulfil her potential and achieve success in a challenging world. Does your beautiful, talented daughter constantly put herself down? Is she stuck in a cycle of comparing herself to others? Is she silent, withdrawn or argumentative when she comes home from school? Would she rather stay alone in her room than join a family day out? These are all signs that your daughter is struggling to cope with the demands of modern life. By following the advice in this book, you can help her to see how great she is, and how much greater she can become: a confident, resilient girl who is not afraid to aim high, work hard and bounce back. Successful entrepreneur, blogger and mum, Jo Wimble-Groves, identifies the 7 most common issues holding girls back from reaching their full potential - including poor self-esteem, peer pressure and fear of failure. With Jo's guided conversation starters and inspiring accounts from successful personalities, you will empower your daughters to face the challenges of childhood and prepare them for an amazing adulthood, as tomorrow's dreamers, doers and entrepreneurs.

The Man Who Hated Women - Sex, Censorship, and Civil Liberties in the Gilded Age (Hardcover): Amy Sohn The Man Who Hated Women - Sex, Censorship, and Civil Liberties in the Gilded Age (Hardcover)
Amy Sohn
R654 R547 Discovery Miles 5 470 Save R107 (16%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Wake - The Hidden History of Women-Led Slave Revolts (Hardcover): Rebecca Hall Wake - The Hidden History of Women-Led Slave Revolts (Hardcover)
Rebecca Hall; Illustrated by Hugo Martinez
R475 R379 Discovery Miles 3 790 Save R96 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

'Not only a riveting tale of Black women's leadership of slave revolts but an equally dramatic story of the engaged scholarship that enabled its discovery' Angela Y. Davis Women warriors planned and led slave revolts on slave ships during the passage across the Atlantic. They fought their enslavers throughout the Americas. And then they were erased from history. In Wake Rebecca Hall, a historian, a granddaughter of slaves, and a woman haunted by the legacy of slavery, tells their story. With in-depth archival research and a measured use of historical imagination, she constructs the likely pasts of women rebels who fought for freedom on slave ships bound to America, as well as the stories of women who led slave revolts in Colonial New York. Beneath both is Hall's own tale: of a life lived in the shadow of slavery and its consequences. Strikingly illustrated in black and white, Wake explores both a personal and a global legacy. Part graphic novel, part memoir, it is a powerful reminder that while the past is gone, we still live in its wake.

Is the Goddess a Feminist? - The Politics of South Asian Goddesses (Paperback): Alf Hiltebeitel, Kathleen M. Erndl Is the Goddess a Feminist? - The Politics of South Asian Goddesses (Paperback)
Alf Hiltebeitel, Kathleen M. Erndl
R748 Discovery Miles 7 480 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In India, God can be female. The goddesses of Hinduism and Buddhism represent the largest extant collection of living goddesses anywhere on the planet. Feminists in the West often draw upon South Asian goddesses as theological resources in the contemporary rediscovery of the Goddess. Yet, these goddesses are products of a male supremacist society.

What is the impact of powerful female deities--their images, projections, textuality, and history--on the social standing and psychological health of women? Do they empower women, or serve the interests of patriarchal culture? Is the Goddess a Feminist? looks at the goddesses of South Asia to address these questions directly.

Not a book about a single goddess or even about a variety of South Asian goddesses, the volume raises questions about images of deities as symbols and the ways in which they function. Contributors discuss contemporary Indian women who have embraced goddesses as spiritually and socially liberating, as well as the seeming contradictions between the power of Indian goddesses and the lives of Indian women. They also explore such topics as the element of male desire in the embodiment of female deities, the question of who speaks for the goddesses, and the politics and theology of Western feminist use of Hindu and Buddhist goddesses as models for their feminist reflections.

Is the Goddess a Feminist? - The Politics of South Asian Goddesses (Hardcover): Alf Hiltebeitel, Kathleen M. Erndl Is the Goddess a Feminist? - The Politics of South Asian Goddesses (Hardcover)
Alf Hiltebeitel, Kathleen M. Erndl
R2,177 Discovery Miles 21 770 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In India, God can be female. The goddesses of Hinduism and Buddhism represent the largest extant collection of living goddesses anywhere on the planet. Feminists in the West often draw upon South Asian goddesses as theological resources in the contemporary rediscovery of the Goddess. Yet, these goddesses are products of a male supremacist society.

What is the impact of powerful female deities--their images, projections, textuality, and history--on the social standing and psychological health of women? Do they empower women, or serve the interests of patriarchal culture? Is the Goddess a Feminist? looks at the goddesses of South Asia to address these questions directly.

Not a book about a single goddess or even about a variety of South Asian goddesses, the volume raises questions about images of deities as symbols and the ways in which they function. Contributors discuss contemporary Indian women who have embraced goddesses as spiritually and socially liberating, as well as the seeming contradictions between the power of Indian goddesses and the lives of Indian women. They also explore such topics as the element of male desire in the embodiment of female deities, the question of who speaks for the goddesses, and the politics and theology of Western feminist use of Hindu and Buddhist goddesses as models for their feminist reflections.

The Good News of the Body - Sexual Theology and Feminism (Paperback): Lisa Isherwood The Good News of the Body - Sexual Theology and Feminism (Paperback)
Lisa Isherwood
R704 Discovery Miles 7 040 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

God has assumed a significant role in the sex lives of believers. It is God who decrees which types of sexual expression are permitted, and which forbidden. Through the Church, a patriarchal sexual landscape has been enacted to control sexual bodies which exerts its influence even in our secular culture.

The Good News of the Body is a wide-ranging anthology on feminist sexual theology. Noting that Jesus, while being declared divine, took human form, the volume questions what happens when the flesh, rather than the Word, is placed at the center of theological reflection. What happens when women's bodies form the incarnational starting point for sexual politics and theology? Contributors, including Rosemary Ruether, Mary Hunt, and Melissa Raphael, examine such topics as the possibility of a Roman Catholic approach to sexuality bringing together the three aspects of Christian love of eros, philia, and agape; Jewish sexual and mystical teaching; the de-sexing of the disabled; erotic celibacy; human sexuality and the concept of the goddess; and the sometimes surprisingly similar conclusions about contraception reached by feminists and popes.

If it Wasn't for the Women - Black Women's Experience and Womanist Culture in Church and Community (Paperback):... If it Wasn't for the Women - Black Women's Experience and Womanist Culture in Church and Community (Paperback)
Cheryl Townsend Gilkes
R547 R459 Discovery Miles 4 590 Save R88 (16%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

These collected essays examine the roles of women in their churches and communities, the implication of those roles for African American culture, and the tensions and stereotypes that shape societal responses to these roles. Gilkes examines the ways black women and their experience shape the culture and consciousness of the black religious experience, and reflects on some of the crises and conflicts that attend this experience.

The Girl from Nowhere - A Romani Ghetto Life (Paperback): Eliska Tanzer The Girl from Nowhere - A Romani Ghetto Life (Paperback)
Eliska Tanzer
R241 R203 Discovery Miles 2 030 Save R38 (16%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

My mother was a prostitute. My grandmother and great-grandmother were prostitutes. Maybe I should have given the family business a chance... BBC RADIO 4 PICK OF THE WEEK, Katie Puckrik 'Eliska's story is an extraordinary and powerful read. It's the ultimate book about survival and an against-all-odds fight to make it in life. Highly recommend.' Clover Stroud 'A scintillating, devastating memoir, and a fiercely witty and unabashed tribute to the toughness of the human spirit.' Damian Le Bas __________________________________________________ To westerners, being Gypsy means being wild, romantic and free. To Eliska Tanzer, it means being rented out to dance for older men. It means living without running water. It means not being allowed a job or an education. It means being stuffed into a bare room with all your aunts and cousins, fighting over the thin, stained blanket the way you fight over the last piece of half-mouldy bread. It means joining the family prostitution ring when you're still a child. But Eliska was given a way out. Slung out of Hoe School and shipped to England in a washing machine box, she thought she had made it. But her dream soon turned into a nightmare. A moving and timely memoir from a powerful new voice in literature.

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