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A Roaring Girl was loud when she should be quiet, disruptive when she should be submissive, sexual when she should be pure, ‘masculine’ when she should be ‘feminine’.

Meet the unsung heroines of British history who refused to play by the rules.

Roaring Girls tells the game-changing life stories of eight formidable women whose grit, determination and radical unconventionality saw them defy the odds to forge their own paths.

From the notorious cross-dressing thief Mary Frith in the 17th century to rebel slave Mary Prince and adventurer, industrialist and LGBT trailblazer Anne Lister in the 19th, these diverse characters redefined what a woman could be and what she could do in pre-20th-century Britain.

Bold, inspiring and powerfully written, Roaring Girls tells the electrifying histories of women who, despite every effort to suppress them, dared to be extraordinary.

©2019 Holly Kyte (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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"Extraordinary." (Woman&Home)

"Brilliant.... Gung-ho girl power." (Simple Things magazine)

"A really fascinating book that delves deep and proves that history is populated by unconventional women who’s stories often go untold." (RED Online)

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True delight, a compelling listen.

Loved this book. 8 wonderful women whose lives enthrall in their courageous actions and thinking.

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A beautifully inspiring collection of lives.

A wonderful and stirring book full of stories told with great care and precision, and at a confident and rewarding pace. Holly Kyte sheds light on some delightfully eccentric episodes in the lives of these extraordinary and courageous women, moments that moved me close to tears and plenty of twists of fate and turns of phrase that put a big smile on my face. It left me wanting to sail round the world with Hannah Snell or tread the boards with Charlotte Charke! Helen Keeley is a lively and passionate reader with a strong command of the text. Highly recommended listening - never a dull moment.