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  • The BBC: A People’s History

    This unique 638 page ‘authorised’ history of the BBC by Professor David Hendy succeeds in being readable, scholarly, interesting and entertaining. The last time an official history was researched and written was by another Professor at Sussex University, Lord Asa Briggs. That needed five volumes, took 35 years, and comprises nearly 4,000 pages. Volume V…

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  • Rebel women between the Wars by Sarah Lonsdale

    Many of the ‘rebel’ women selected by Dr. Sarah Lonsdale for this original study of relatively unknown figures who conquered traditional male bastions of work were journalists. In Britain the 1920s and 30s were decades when full electoral franchise equality was not achieved until 1928, and many professional women had to give up their jobs…

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  • The Fleet Street Girls by Julie Welch

    This is a book about the women who broke down the doors of ‘the gentleman’s club’ that was Fleet Street. It’s written by the woman to whom every female sports reporter, presenter and editor in the UK owes more than they could possibly imagine. In 1973 Julie Welch became the first woman in national newspapers…

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  • Talking Pictures TV

    The journalist breed – by its very nature – is customarily glued to its news and current affairs channels and programmes: the hard glare of the studio lights on Cabinet members and their Shadows; the latest parliamentary vote (following the previous week’s parliamentary vote) on the EU Withdrawal deal; the whole ebb, flow – and…

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