Until We Win by Linda Newbery – Published by Barrington Stoke Teen, 2017
A book aimed at teenagers, described as “an inspiring novel of one young woman’s fight for equality”, this is the story of Lizzy and her fight for independence.
A reasonable, but basic, introduction to the suffragette movement and, possibly, an eye opener for young people who don’t realise what they owe to the brave women (and men) who fought, went to prison and even died in the fight for equality.
In this centenary of voting rights for women it is sobering to think how long the campaign lasted, until some women got the right to vote; another ten years passed before all women were entitled.
Unfortunately the print type and size suggest a book written for a much younger audience. I wish it was longer and more detailed. For example, WWI is covered in only two pages, yet it played a huge part in showing what women and girls could do and bolstered their case for independence.
Best suited for young teenagers who are reluctant readers and who want a very short primer on the subject.