We're thrilled to share news that Hodder & Stoughton have acquired a biography of little-known suffragette Kitty Marion by historian Fern Riddell. The book will be based upon never before published diaries written by Kitty herself. There are only three copies of this diary in existence – two in the UK and one in New York. Fern chanced upon the diaries in the Museum of London archive and quickly realised they contained a shocking story that has been grievously overlooked and written out of history up until now. A Dangerous Woman will tell the incredible story of Kitty’s life – including the extreme acts she performed in the name of the suffragette cause. The book will be published in June 2018 to coincide with the 200th anniversary of women gaining the right to vote.
Fern Riddell is a cultural historian specialising in sex, suffrage and entertainment in the Victorian and Edwardian eras. She appears regularly on TV and radio, and writes for the Guardian, Huffington Post, and Times Higher Education among others, and is a columnist for BBC History Magazine. In May 2017 she completed her PHD on the life of Kitty Marion.
Editor Maddy Price said: ‘I was so excited when I started to read Fern’s telling of Kitty’s story, because it turns all of our assumptions about the suffragettes upside down. Fern’s passion for her subject and flair for vivid historical writing have fuelled my excitement further, and I am thrilled to be publishing her.’
Fern Riddell said: ‘We are still marching for the things Kitty was fighting for – rights over our bodies, not to be sexually assaulted, and for our voices to be heard. This is why Kitty’s story is so important, and why I’m excited to be sharing her experiences with readers.’
A Dangerous Woman by Fern Riddell will be published in hardback, trade paperback and ebook in June 2018.