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

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 illicit romance in Cambridge to espionage in Serbia. Her achievements in putting children's universal human rights on the world agenda are a powerful testament to her eccentric charisma and humane vision. Clare Mulley joined Save the Children as a corporate fundraiser in the 1990s. Mother of three daughters, she currently lives in Essex, UK.

"A pleasure to read...a combination of Jebb's own mischievous attitude and Mulley's lively style." * The Times Literary Supplement *
"A very good read, telling an extraordinary story." * The Guardian *
"Unusual and perceptive...all credit to Clare Mulley, a past winner of the Daily Mail Biographers' Club prize." * Daily Mail *
"A valuable account of a forgotten life." * The Sunday Times *
"Eglantyne Jebb completely revolutionised public perceptions of charity and our collective responsibility towards children. This excellent book makes plain that Eglantyne's vision is just as powerful - and relevant - today as it was then... Those who read this book will be inspired - as I am - by a woman who dared to think the impossible and turn it into reality. Her example lays down a challenge to us all." * Jasmine Whitbread , former CEO of Save the Children UK *
"Wonderful, clever and funny, Clare Mulley's lively and intimate biography brings out the humour, inconsistency, willfullness and just excellent energy of Eglantyne." * Alexander Masters, author of Stuart: A Life Backwards *
"This is a truly brilliant book, about a woman who changed the world for the better and forever." * Gordon Brown *
"Kept me up half the night - really fascinating and moving - beautifully written and paced...wonderful." * Richard Holmes, prize-winning biographer and author of The Age of Wonder *
"A wonderful biography... All of us who continue to build on Eglantyne's vision are in your debt for giving us the real human being who inspires our work." * Charlie MacCormack, former CEO of Save the Children USA *
"This book tells the tale of one of the twentieth century's most inspirational women... I'd urge anyone to pick up this book and be inspired." * Paul O'Grady *
"A crisp, masterly biography." * The Good Book Guide *
"An interesting biography of a fascinating person who deserves to be better known and appreciated for her work." * Oxford Times *
"This biography of Eglantyne Jebb, who established the charity to look after children in the chaos that followed the end of the First World War, brings to life a charismatic woman who changed the way the world treats children." * Waterstone's Books Quarterly *
"Sensitive, entertaining and beautifully written, The Woman Who Saved the Children is an absorbing exploration of a life filled with achievement... A sparkling biography of a fascinating woman." * Kate Williams, author of England's Mistress and Becoming Queen *
"Meticulously researched...a testimony to Jebb's remarkable humanitarianism." * Oxford Today *
"A very readable story which will strike a chord for many." * The Times *
"A fascinating new book." * Western Mail Series *
"A most interesting account of a life full of colour and curiosity" * Bury Free Press series *
"Admirably researched... Clare Mulley has done Eglantyne proud. Her informative and sensitively written biography will put SCF's founder, and through her SCF itself, well and truly on the global map." * Church Times *

Forewordp. ix
Acknowledgementsp. xi
Family Treesp. xiii
Illustrationsp. xv
Cast of Charactersp. xix
Imagining Eglantyne, 2009-1876p. 1
Meeting the Family, 1876-1894p. 7
Unravelling Her Surroundings, 1895-1898p. 28
Testing the Maternal Impulse, 1898-1900p. 52
Happy Days, 1901-1902p. 70
Brief Studies in Social Questions, 1902-1910p. 92
Love Letters, 1907-1913p. 115
Relief in 'The Barbarous Balkans', 1913p. 140
Conversations with the Dead, 1914-1915p. 168
Surrounded by Action, 1914-1916p. 190
Found in Translation, 1917-1919p. 209
Save the Children, 1919p. 232
Hearts and Minds, 1919-1920p. 252
'Supranationalism',1920-1923p. 273
The Rights of the Child, 1922-1925p. 300
Blue Plaques, 1920-2009p. 317
Epilogue: Truths and Livesp. 331
The International Save the Children Alliancep. 335
Endnotesp. 336
Bibliographyp. 358
Indexp. 379
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ISBN: 9781851687220
ISBN-10: 185168722X
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 416
Published: 1st March 2010
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9  x 3.0
Weight (kg): 0.41
Edition Number: 1