David Roberts
Suffragette: The Battle for Equality

Two Hoots (11+)

978-1509839674 (hardback)

2018 marked a century since the first women won the vote in the United Kingdom. This is a tale of astounding bravery, ingenuity and strength bringing to life the many vivid characters of the women's suffrage movement – from the militant activist and wheelchair user Rosa May Billinghurst to the world-famous Emmeline Pankhurst, Millicent Fawcett and Emily Wilding Davison.

Covering the whole range of female and male suffragist experiences – from aristocrats to the middle and working class as well as a look at the global struggle for universal suffrage, Suffragette: The Battle for Equality makes a fantastic introduction to a fascinating topic.

Consistently high quality, beautifully detailed illustrations that are stylised but emotive with a clever palette which reflects the campaign colours and bring this subject vividly to life. The layout of text and image is full of movement and energy and key historical points are given full double page spreads to emphasise their importance. The variety of the illustrations mean that this is a constantly stimulating and stunning, visual experience. There is something different and meaningful to pick out in each illustration.


David Roberts has earned great acclaim for his distinctive illustrations. David's work includes collaborations with Andrea Beaty, for the New York Times bestselling Rosie Revere, Engineer and Ada Twist, Scientist, on Julian Clary's fiction series The Bolds and a successful partnership with Julia Donaldson. David's first collaboration with Julia Donaldson – Tyrannosaurus Drip – was published in 2007 by Macmillan, and since then they have worked together on several other picture books, including The Cook and the King publishing in July 2018. David Roberts has been fascinated by the suffragists since his school days, and his illustrated history of the fight for women's suffrage is a real passion project.

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