Radical Reformers and Respectable Rebels: How the Two Lives of Grace Oakeshott Defined an Era
In 1907, Grace Oakeshott faked her own death by drowning. Aged 35, she left a marriage and a successful professional life in England and fled with her lover, Walter Reeve, to New Zealand. What prompted her to do so? Jocelyn Robson traces her life story through social, political a... read full description below.
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||3 February 2016 by Palgrave Macmillan
||Hardback, 1st ed. 2016
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The fin de siecle was a time of social and cultural upheaval, with many women living more adventurous and defiant lives than their mothers could ever have dreamed. This is a true story of one Englishwoman's attempt to stage her own death and re-invent herself in the far colony of New Zealand, in the early 1900s. Grace Oakeshott's life is revealed through the reform movements of the period, including education for girls, ethical socialism, Victorian evangelicalism, and the changing nature of marriage. As a social activist, Grace rubbed shoulders with many notable figures, including William Morris, H. G. Wells, and Sydney and Beatrice Webb. Jocelyn Robson uses a rich collection of historical sources, including contemporary fiction and social commentary, archive documents and old newspapers, and interviews with surviving family members. Through the lives of Grace and those close to her we discover what drove people to act in extraordinary (as well as ordinary) ways.
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||This lucidly-written book ostensibly concerns, and resolves, the mystery of Grace Oakeshott's faked suicide in 1907 when she appeared to have drowned off the coast of Brittany. ... The author has written a readable and informative book which will appeal to those interested in local and social history as well as in, this often intriguing, biography. (Brian Lancaster, CHNSS Bulletin, Vol. 157, September, 2016)
||Bertrams Star Rating: 3 stars (out of 5)
Jocelyn Robson has worked as a researcher and teacher in further and higher education and has special interests in women's history and vocational training. Raised in New Zealand and living in London, she is now a fulltime writer.