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Kiera, King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Girls

Things A Bright Girl Can Do

"Things a Bright Girl Can Do" was one of the titles I was most excited to read, and I am happy to say it lived up to my expectations. It tells the story of three very different girls living in London during World War 1 - May, a pacifist Quaker and suffragist, Nell, a strong-willed suffragette living in poverty, and Evelyn, a middle-class schoolgirl who is initially intrigued, then captivated by, the local suffragette movement. One of the strengths of the book is how the plots are woven together - Nicholls manages to tell the story of the three young women, include key historical events from the 'Votes for Women' movements, and describe the horrifying effects of the war from a very different perspective, without making the story too complex or tedious to follow. The characters, though very different, are all endearing, with realistically written developments and changes throughout the book, and I continually wanted to keep reading and find out what happened next - even after finishing the book! Overall, it is an extremely enjoyable, thought-provoking read, which I would definitely recommend.

Posted on: 31st March 2019 at 01:12 pm

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