Sunday, May 2, 2010

Off the Beaten Track - Three Centuries of Women Travellers

Picked up this little gem at my local library and cannot recommend it enough.

Off the beaten track: three centuries of women travellers by Dea Birkett:
The lives of those who leave their homes to experience far-off lands have always been a source of fascination. Whether travelling for work, love, politics, to escape or simply to broaden horizons, it is the intrepid female traveller who is the most intriguing.

Some of the marvellous ladies who feature in this tome are:
Aphra Behn; Lady Hester Stanhope; Lucie, Lady Duff Gordon; Isabella Bird; Dame Rebecca West (noted for her affair with HG Wells); Lady Florence Dixie; Constance Gordon Cumming; Violet Cressy-Marcks; Dame Freya Stark; Rosita Forbes; Dorothy Mills, Lady Walpole; Lady Mary Wortley Montague; Elizabeth, Lady Craven; Caroline Amelia of Brunswick (Queen Caroline); Jane Digby; Penelope Chetwode, Lady Betjeman; Margaret Stevenson (mother of Robert Louis Stevenson); Charlotte, Lady Canning; Gertrude Bell; Emily Eden; Isaleb, Lady Burton; Flora Shaw, Lady Lugard (named Nigeria); Annie Taylor (first woman to visit Tibet); Jane, Lady Franklin (first woman to climb Mt Wellington, NZ); Amelia Edwards; Mary Kingsley (sister of author Charles Kingsley); Maria Graham; Beryl de Zoete; Marie Stopes; Mary Douglas; Dame Kathleen Kenyon; Fanny Kemble;Vita Sackville-West; Ethel Mannin; Clare Sheridan; Fanny Trollope (mother of novelist Anthony); Elizabeth Rigby, Lady Eastlake; Anna Bromwell Jameson; Dame Rose Macaulay; Dame Agatha Christie (yes - the author); Harriet Martineau; Barbara Bodichon; Julia Margaret Cameron; Marianne North; Martha Ricks; Amy Johnson; and finallyAnnie, Lady Brassey.

Okay - I couldn't name but a few! What a collection of amazing women!

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Jamie Spencer said...

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Jamie Spencer said...

Off the Beaten Track - Three Centuries of Women Travellers<-- Great!
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