Praise from a national suffrage historian
On her website www.womanandhersphere.co uk, on 21st August 2014, suffrage historian Elizabeth Crawford (who also wrote Enterprising Women: The Garretts and their Circle) mentioned A Song of their Own:
‘I do enjoy reading studies of the work of local suffrage societies – and this is a good one. Without over-explaining the national campaign, Joy Bounds neatly describes the particular work of Ipswich suffrage campaigners, setting their efforts in the wider context. Her research on Constance Andrews, the leading light of the Ipswich branch of the Women’s Freedom League, is particularly welcome – and useful.’
A Song of their Own – R.G. in The Ipswich Society Newsletter (July 2014)
In reviewing the book, R.G said: There is much here to surprise and enjoy, but the grimness of the long struggle [for the vote] is the lasting impression: imprisonment, force-feeding (horrific and akin to torture in many’s view) and political betrayal. An excellent addition to the Ipswich story of non-conformism over the centuries.
A Song of their Own – Lynne Mortimer in East Anglian Daily Times:
Lynne recalled the bravery of local women in campaigning for the Vote over a hundred years ago. She said: Joy has researched the fight for votes for women in Ipswich and her book is a fascinating account of what was happening locally, set in the context of the national movement and the (lack of) political response from the Government. Time and again women’s hopes were dashed as partliamentary debates were scheduled but talked out and promises to address the issue were broken… Joy wanted her book to bring together the tales of these inspirational women whose stories had not been written.
Historian Larissa Juliet Taylor –
author of The Virgin Warrier: the Life and Death of Joan of Arc (London: Yale 2009), said of Far From Home:
Joy Bounds takes the few known facts about Jeanne d’Arc’s mother, Zabillet, and retells the well-known story of Jeanne from a new and revealing perspective. The reader feels Zabillet’s pride and delight in her daughter’s accomplishiments – and her deep pain as she learns of her cruel death. In this wonderful novel, Joy Bounds takes the story of the famous French heroine beyond where it normally ends by writing of Zabillet’s crucial role in restoring her daughter’s reputation.
East Anglian writer Tessa West –
Far From Home vividly describes the extraordinary life and killing of Jeanne d’Arc, and the subsequent fight to clear her name. Joy Bounds tells the story through the eyes of Zabillet, Jeanne’s insightful mother. A thoughtful, compassionate novel.
Self-Publishing Magazine –
in the review section of its July 2012 edition
Life in the harsh conditions of war-torn fifteenth century France is vivdly conveyed … Knowing the fate that awaits Jehanne, there is an air of melancholy, and every pleasant moment is bitterwseet, but this in no way detracts from enjoyment of the novel … This is an imaginative glimpse, behind the known facts, at the pain suffered by a mother as she watches her daughter, and, as such, it is timeless…
Historical Novel Society –
The novel appears to be very well researched where the period detail and the dynamics of Joan’s family are concerned. What happened to the family before and after Joan’s death was intriguing …however, I would have liked a little more of Joan’s life, the trials and tribulations she faced, …All in all, this was a good story and a slower-paced, thought-provoking novel… I enjoyed the read.
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