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The Big Book of Scandalous Australian Women - Kay Saunders

The Big Book of Scandalous Australian Women


Published: 1st May 2014
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Bringing together bad women of every stripe and variety - the scandalous, the brash, the fearless, the downright nasty and some who just went a little bit wrong - in the one big book.

Some are wicked, some are scandalous, some are downright mean and ruthless and some just went a little bit sideways. Meet the bad women of Australia: the femmes who challenge our ideas of what women should be - together in the one big book. Tilly Devine, Mary Bryant, Helena Rubinstein, Lola Montez - these notorious women defied the restricted times they lived in, seducing men of power and betraying them, going from streetwalkers to standover merchants, rewriting their past as they rose to the top, or just taking to a life of crime with gusto.

Then there are the darker dames: women who have killed husbands, lovers, relatives, friends and children for a variety of reasons. The backyard abortionists, the poisoners, the women in lovers' pacts, the women who sought to protect themselves from violence. All of them deadly and fascinating. Profiled by Kay Saunders in Notorious Australian Women and Deadly Australian Women, the lives of these scandalous women are now available together in the one volume.

About the Author

Kay Saunders AM was Professor of History and Senator of the University of Queensland from 2002 to 2006. In 2001 she received the Medal of the National Museum of Australia and in 2006 was the recipient of the John Kerr Medal from the Royal Historical Society of Queensland.



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Very well researched, academic style


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  • Deserves Multiple Readings
  • Informative
  • Solidly Factual


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If you are drawn in by the title, you could be disappointed as that is the most emotionally charged
part of the book. However it is complex and complete, a thorough piece of research, and will prove a useful work of reference. Not however a fun

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ISBN: 9780733332609
ISBN-10: 0733332609
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 688
Published: 1st May 2014
Publisher: ABC Books
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 25.3 x 18.8  x 5.0
Weight (kg): 0.92