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    Harriet Harman(Author)

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'Compelling ... She has guts to spare ... An important story ... Role model? You bet' Tim Shipman, Sunday Times

'So human and inspiring, and my favourite book of the year so far' Rohan Silva, Guardian

When Harriet Harman started her career, men-only job adverts and a 'women's rate' of pay were the norm, female MPs were a tiny minority - a woman couldn't even sign for a mortgage. But, she argues, we should never just be grateful that things are better now. There's still more to do.

In A Woman's Work Harriet, Britain's longest-serving female MP, looks at her own life to see how far we've come, and where we should go next. This is an inspiring and refreshingly honest account of the part she has played (and the setbacks along the way) in the movement that transformed politics and women's lives - from helping striking female factory workers to standing for election while pregnant, from her memories of her own mother to her success in reforming the law on maternity rights, childcare, domestic violence and getting more women into parliament. But it is also a call for women today to get together and continue the fight for equality. If we don't, no one else will.

If I had a teenage daughter, especially one who didn't see the point of politics, this is the book I'd buy her. Chatty, accessible and occasionally eye-opening, it's a history of the things conventional political memoirs miss out - written by someone who built a career on things conventional politicians missed out ... [A Woman's Work is] a lively account of the one subject most political memoir writers know next to nothing about: how it felt to be a woman working in one of the least forgiving (and when she was elected in 1982, most macho) careers around (Gaby Hinsliff Guardian)Compelling ... She has guts to spare and is interesting on the difficulties of a work-life balance in parliament ... Her own judgments on her performance are commendably unsparing ... An important story ... Role model? You bet (Tim Shipman, Political Editor Sunday Times)The truth about Harriet, not often acknowledged, is that she is that rare politician who has consistently stood up to the powers that be, both Labour and in other parties. This book is a primer in what it takes to do that ... If I ever had doubts about Harriet's total devotion to the cause, I don't now ... There are wonderful vignettes of the clash between family and career ... It says everything that this book ends with Harriet offering us her ten top tips for the feminist struggle. The title is A Woman's Work and, as we know and especially for Harriet, it's never done (Ann Treneman The Times)A painfully honest memoir ... where lesser politicians would have slunk from public gaze, Harman reacted by getting tougher (Mary Riddell Sunday Telegraph)Countless blows have tempered Harman into something fearless and indestructible. Hell, why shouldn't this be her prime? (Janice Turner The Times)Fantastic - I can't recommend it highly enough (Open Labour)You can't go wrong with Harriet Harman's wonderful autobiography A Woman's Work - it's just so human and inspiring, and my favourite book of the year so far. (Rohan Silva Observer)

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  • PDF | 416 pages
  • Harriet Harman(Author)
  • Allen Lane (2 Feb. 2017)
  • English
  • 7
  • Biography

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  • By J. Kibble on 11 July 2017

    An interesting story of a woman whose life has been out of the ordinary and has achieved a great deal. Found the style of writing a little dull and ponderous and jumps around in time not to any great purpose. But then Ms Harman is pretending to be a great author or writer and she has a tale worth telling. Still a bit of a role model for us all - she broke down a good few barriers and glass ceilings.

  • By Jennings on 2 July 2017

    I really enjoyed this book. It's a bit rambling in places but it is a fascinating insight into the sheer grit and determination that Harriet Harman had during her long years at the top of the Labour party to progress the women's movement. It's a fantastic account of modern politics and well worth reading, whatever your political views.

  • By Nicholas Daniel on 2 June 2017

    A fascinating read, and beautifully written in an easy way to understand. She was at the very start of proper emancipation of women as far as equality of pay and understanding what they really needed. Anrealistoc voice. Such tenderness about her kids too.

  • By JULIAN CRUTCH on 17 May 2017

    A very interesting lady and she has written a well written book for anyone who is interested in politics

  • By Guest on 22 May 2017

    A very interesting book. Harriet has worked hard all her life on womens' issues and should be proud of her achievements.I wish she could be more even-handed in some areas eg. her comments about the influx of new MPs and their induction - she does not even give passing mention to the large number of new Lib Dem MPs!C.J.

  • By Jerry Atrick on 26 August 2017

    Honest and modest, with no illusions, Assertive and effective., and pulls no punches.

  • By Guest on 18 July 2017

    very interesting and informative

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