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The Good Sharps: The Eighteenth-Century Family that Changed Britain

The Good Sharps: The Eighteenth-Century Family that Changed Britain (Paperback)

By Grant, Hester

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The enthralling story of an eighteenth-century family and their extraordinary achievements. Four brothers, three sisters. Brought up in a Northumberland rectory and in the close of Durham Cathedral, the Sharps would achieve exalted positions at the heart of British society. In 17...81, the celebrated painter Johan Zoffany put the final brush strokes on the luminous portrait that immortalised the siblings' rise, and their remarkable unity and passion for life. Ambitious, free-thinking and courageous, the Sharps were pioneers in the major movements that defined the eighteenth century - from political reform and philanthropy to medicine and industry. John, an eminent priest, established a model welfare state at Bamburgh Castle and commissioned the world's first lifeboat; William became surgeon to George III; while James was a visionary inventor, canal promoter and engineer. Most famously of all, Granville, the youngest son, battled tirelessly as Britain's first great campaigner for the abolition of the slave trade. Despite the social strictures of their day, Elizabeth, Judith and Frances claimed significant independence, and played key roles in hosting the Sharps' famous musical parties on barges on the Thames. In this vivid, moving biography, Hester Grant charts the siblings' shared journey to prominence, and explores the values and enduring bonds that inspired their success. The Good Sharps brings to life not just these men and women who realised that the future could be different, but also the new world they created.
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ISBN 9781784707224
Released NZ 19 Aug 2021
Publisher Vintage
Format Paperback
Indent title (internationally sourced), allow 8-12 weeks

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ISBN-13 9781784707224
Stock Available
Status Indent title (internationally sourced), allow 8-12 weeks
Publisher Vintage
Imprint Vintage
Released 19 Aug 2021
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Grant, Hester
Category Biography & Autobiography
Biography & Autobiography: Historical, Political & Military
Slavery & Emancipation
Inventions & Inventors
Number of Pages 400
Dimensions Width: 129mm
Height: 198mm
Spine: 26mm
Dewey Code 941.0730922
Weight 331g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Social reformers - Biography - History - 18th century - Great Britain, Great Britain - History - George III, 1760-1820
NBS Text Biography: Historical, Political & Military
ONIX Text General/trade