My inspiration for The Suffragette's Daughter

My inspiration for The Suffragette's Daughter

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The Suffragette’s Daughter is a historical crime mystery set in 1920. It’s a period of rapid social change, but even in these progressive times, it can still be deadly for a woman to show too much strength.

Rather than the stylised world of the flapper girl, I wanted to explore the reality of Britain in the aftermath of the Great War and the suffragette movement. It was a period of empowerment and greater independence for some women, but the reality for many others is that their lives were the same as they had been a decade earlier.

Inspiration for the novel struck in the summer of 2018, on a guided tour of the Houses of Parliament. Westminster Hall was hosting an exhibition to mark the centenary of the Representation of the People Act of 1918 – a significant milestone in the suffrage movement.

Despite introduction of the Act, a third of the adult female population in this country still didn’t have the right to vote. The fight for equal representation was far from over – and the seeds for The Suffragette’s Daughter were sown.

I created Iris Woodmore, a young woman whose mother died in a suffragette protest. Iris belongs to a new generation of feminists. She wants her life to be different to that of her mother's, but in a man's world, she has to battle against polite society to achieve her ambitions.

The 1920s was a time of contrasts and change. A dangerous combination.

The Suffragette's Daughter introduces a new sleuth for a new era.

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