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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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Nadya
Oct 23, 2012 Nadya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Eliatan
Sep 15, 2014 Eliatan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am a supporter of Save the Children, which is how I first came across this book. I bought it as an act of charity from their website, but I was delighted as I delved into it to discover the fascinating life of their founder, Eglantyne. Brave and adventurous women hold a special place in my heart.

An excellently researched and well written book, I'd like to read more of Clare's writing.
Lisa
Aug 10, 2012 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating read. Amazing what one woman could achieve especially during this time period and whilst having such poor health.
Abby
Jun 24, 2012 Abby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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What an inspiring woman!! Especially considering the times and her poor health!
Nicola
Mar 02, 2014 Nicola rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Lelde
Oct 07, 2012 Lelde rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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