November 2020

Jan Morris, historian, travel writer and trans pioneer, dies aged 94

Jan Morris, the historian and travel writer who evoked time and place with the flair of a novelist, has died aged 94. As a journalist Morris broke monumental news, including Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay's ascent of Everest, and the French involvement in the Israeli attack on Egypt in the Suez war. As a bestselling author of more than 30 books, she was equally lauded for histories including Pax Britannica, her monumental account of the British Empire, and for her colourful accounts of places from Venice to Oxford, Hong Kong to Trieste. But she was also well-known as a transgender...

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Mary Wollstonecraft finally honored with statue after 200 years

A Sculpture for Mary Wollstonecraft has been made by one of Britain's most important and sometimes controversial artists, Maggi Hambling. The unveiling on Tuesday follows 10 years of trying to raise the £143,000 required to achieve it. The campaign was launched in 2010 by volunteers keen to have Wollstonecraft's legacy remembered close to where she lived and worked, setting up a girl's boarding school in Newington Green, aged 25. Wollstonecraft was an important philosopher and educationalist best known for A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, published in 1792. But her reputation was "annihilated" by misogyny, said writer Bee Rowlatt,...

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