Women's London is the only guidebook that focuses on the women who have shaped London through the centuries and the legacy they have left behind. This new book provides the perfect opportunity to explore sights, statues, plaques and buildings associated with famous and some not so famous women who have left their mark on London's heritage, culture and society.
Their stories include scientists and suffragettes, reformers and royals, military and medical pioneers, authors and artists, fashion and female firsts... and more. The author, a popular London tour guide and lecturer, specialises in women's history and has provided a series of original self-guided walking tours taking you to historic areas where important women lived, worked and are commemorated. Illustrated with new full-colour photography and specially commissioned maps, Women's London will inspire visitors and Londoners alike to discover how much London owes to women.
About the Author
Rachel Kolsky is a prize-winning London Blue Badge Guide, who runs Go London Tours. Her wide range of walks and visits specialize in exploring Jewish heritage, discovering women s history and uncovering the human stories behind London's buildings.
"This might just be the best guide to exploring London we've ever seen. Every page of this beautiful, bountiful book brings a new revelation. It's that rare breed of guide book that you'll want to read cover to cover, preferably while out on the streets tracking down the locations. We can't recommend it highly enough." - The Londonist
"From the East End to royalty, from fashion, art and culture to medicine, archaeology and politics, the guide whisks readers around the capital to discover the less well-known female figures who've contributed to the capital's history." - The Jewish Chronicle
"Women's London: A Tour Guide to Great Lives will have you seeing London in a new light and celebrating women!" - Trailblazergirl.com
"Kolsky's guidebook is packed with information to fascinate and inspire." - Mature Times
"Kolsky does not shy away from difficult history: she looks for example at the disputes within the Suffragist movement, between socialists and pacifists on the one hand who opposed the First World War, and those feminists who threw their weight behind "King and Country". And there is much to celebrate and inspire, from Diane Abbot becoming the first black female MP in 1987 to the first female police officer back in 1919." - Shoutout
"A book that's a most novel idea!" - The Entertainment Report
"With self-guided walking tours, specially commissioned maps and fascinating insights, the book is handy for exploring London on foot and equally engaging for the armchair reader." - Camden New Journal
"Profusely illustrated, expertly organized and presented, an inherently fascinating and informative read from cover to cover, Women's London is an ideal reference and resource for planning sightseeing trips and tours of the great city of London with a unique and special reference to the role women have played in its formation." - The Midwest Book Review
"If you're planning a trip across the Pond anytime soon (or if you want to indulge in a little armchair travel) you'll want to pack this guidebook to London, which offers self-guided tours to places where key women - artists, doctors, reformers, royals, authors, and more - lived, worked, and are commemorated." - Book Riot
"Rachel Kolsky's Women's London is a literary lap of honour for the female pioneers who fought gender prejudice to leave their mark on the capital." - Ham & High
"...this book throws the spotlight on long-forgotten accomplishments of a multitude of incredible women, and will make you appreciate their courage and fortitude in a man's world." - Family Tree Magazine