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Radical Reformers and Respectable Rebels: How the Two Lives of Grace Oakeshott Defined an Era

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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ISBN 9781137311832
Barcode 9781137311832
Published 3 February 2016 by Palgrave Macmillan
Format Hardback, 1st ed. 2016
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Author(s) By Robson, Jocelyn
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ISBN-13 9781137311832
ISBN-10 1137311835
Stock Available
Status Available at publisher; ships 6-14 working days
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Imprint Palgrave Macmillan
Publication Date 3 February 2016
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback, 1st ed. 2016
Edition 1st ed. 2016th
Author(s) By Robson, Jocelyn
Category World History: C 1750 To C 1900
British & Irish History
Social & Cultural History
Social Issues
NZ, Maori & Pasifika
New Zealand & Related
Number of Pages 233
Dimensions Width: 155mm
Height: 235mm
Spine: 23mm
Weight 549g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress History, Sociology, History, Modern, Social history, World history
NBS Text Gender Studies / Gay & Lesbian Studies
ONIX Text Professional and scholarly
Dewey Code 941.081
Catalogue Code 644356

Description of this Book

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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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review 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)
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 3 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

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.

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