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A portrait of a young girl

A portrait of a young girl

Monday, 28 July 2014

Dave Boling knew he wanted to write a novel set against the backdrop of the Boer War. But it wasn't until he came across Emily Hobhouse's photograph of Lizzie van Zyl that he realised The Undesirables would focus on the suffering of the war's women and children rather than the battlefield.

Seven tributes to remarkable women

Seven tributes to remarkable women

Wednesday, 05 March 2014

To celebrate International Women's Day on 8 March, I asked a few of Picador's female authors to write a short paragraph about the woman that most inspired them and why. As the responses came in I laughed, got goosebumps, and felt a tear or two brewing. This collection of voices tells of remarkable women. Some stories are funny, some moving; all will – I hope – leave you feeling inspired.

Next To Love: Women and the War

Next To Love: Women and the War

Thursday, 13 October 2011

The party line during and after World War II was that the Rosie the Riveters, government girls, and other women who took over men’s jobs could not wait to hand them back to returning veterans and go home to their cooking, cleaning, and sewing.  But at the war’s end, many of the women were far from eager to relinquish their work...