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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 9781349672271
Barcode 9781349672271
Published 24 December 2016 by Palgrave Macmillan
Format Paperback, 1st ed. 2016
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Author(s) By Robson, Jocelyn
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ISBN-13 9781349672271
ISBN-10 1349672270
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Imprint Palgrave Macmillan
Publication Date 24 December 2016
International Publication Date 10 September 2016
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback, 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: 14mm
Weight 3,927g
Interest Age 19+ years
Reading Age 19+ years
Library of Congress History, Sociology, History, Modern, Social history, World history
NBS Text Gender Studies / Gay & Lesbian Studies
ONIX Text Professional and scholarly;Professional and scholarly
Dewey Code 941.081
Catalogue Code 987215

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 would ever have dreamed possible. This is the true story of an Englishwoman who staged her own death and re-invented 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 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)

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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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