In Britannia's Daughters, bestselling novelist Joanna Trollope examines the contribution of women in building and sustaining the British Empire. She draws on a vast range of sources, including diaries and letters home. She provides a panoramic picture of the countless women who departed Britain for India, Australia, the Far East, Canada and Africa - often in search of opportunities unavailable at home.
Here are penniless pioneers and governors' wives, missionaries and prostitutes, explorers and army nurses. They people this book as they peopled the Empire - their astonishing courage and endurance, their remarkable personal stories vividly and enthrallingly recaptured.
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Entertaining, moving, consistently gripping... unputdownable - Daily Mail
Lively and well written... she has built up a convincing and moving picture of the role of women in creating the Empire, and in keeping the show on the road - Sunday Telegraph
Trollope uses superb sepia photographs to summon up the great Victorian heroines... who sought in the colonies, and sometimes found, adventure, butterflies, Christian souls or husbands - Sunday Times
Illustrates contemporary Victorian attitudes to women vividly... and reminds us of how restricted daily life was for a Victorian lady at home and how squalid and hopeless for the poor... A conscientious and broad-ranging survey - Irish Times
Joanna Trollope is the author of a number of historical and contemporary novels, including The Choir,A Village Affair, A Passionate Man, The Rector's Wife, The Men and the Girls and A Spanish Lover. She was born and lives in Gloucestershire and worked both as a civil servant and a teacher before devoting herself to writing.