The Woman Who Saved the Children: A Biography of Eglantyne Jebb: Founder of Save the Children
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The Woman Who Saved the Children: A Biography of Eglantyne Jebb: Founder of Save the Children

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Since 1919 Save the Children has fought to uphold the human rights of children worldwide. Now promoted by the likes of Brad Pitt, George Clooney, and Julianne Moore the charity’s founder was a childless spinster whose most famous line, ‘I don’t care for children’ makes hers a most unconventional story. Eglantyne’s short life was full of passion and pain, moving from illici...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published October 1st 2010 by Oneworld Publications (first published May 1st 2009)
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Having never been a fan of biographies I wasn’t expecting much from this book. It was really just to fill in some information gaps in my doctoral research. Contrary to my expectations I was completely taken by Mulley’s account of Eglantyne Jebb’s life. Instead of the drudgery that I usually experience when reading biographies Mulley’s portrayal of Eglantyne’s fascinating life and character drew me in quickly.

Eglantyne’s supportive and socially conscious country gentry family, the feminist influ...more
Fascinating read. Amazing what one woman could achieve especially during this time period and whilst having such poor health.

What an inspiring woman!! Especially considering the times and her poor health!
Such an interesting life and such an interesting period of history. Unfortunately the author is not a skilled biographer nor writer and I found this turgid, dense and dull on the whole. Which is a shame as the individuals and history should have been crackling off the page.
Good and very thorough book, particularly if you're a fan of either Eglantyn Webb's life and work or if you like historically situated biographies. Enjoyed it though some parts seemed a bit too and almost unnecessarily described to very thorough details and dates.
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