Striking a Light: The Bryant and May Matchwomen and their Place in History

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The story of one of the most important strikes in labour history revealingthe significance and truth of what actually happened.>

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Louise Raw is a Labour historian with a background in the Trade Union movement and political campaigning. She has spoken throughout the world and in the media about her research into the matchwomen's strike. She has appeared on television and radio as well as delivering many talks in the local and Union communities.

Sheila Rowbotham is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the University of Manchester, UK. The author of the seminal works A Century of Women: The History of Women in Britain and the US (Penguin) and Promise of a Dream: Remembering the Sixties (Penguin), a symposium on her historical work was organised at the American Historical Association in 1994. She has lectured extensively throughout the world and recently contributed the introduction to the new translation of Simone de Beauvoir's The Second Sex.

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Mentioned in article about the author in Herts Advertiser, 2008.

Mentioned in article about the author in Herts Advertiser, April 2009.

Big article by the author in BBC History Magazine.

'In a careful reconstruction of events, Raw exposes inaccuracies in the standard accounts ... [she] tells a great story with a terrific cast of characters ... parts of the book read like a detective story, with Raw ingenious in tracking down the strike leaders.' - Times Higher Education

'Well-conceived and researched ... this is a book that deserves the opportunity to overturn [the] traditional interpretation.' - International Socialism

'This is a good example of revisionist historical writing which gives full credit to an important and usually misunderstood event.' - Contemporary Review

The work is a major contribution to Labour and Social history. Incredibly well researched and written... an absolute must for serious Historians. (Terry McCarthy, former director of the National Museum of Labour History and author of 'The Great Dock Strike 1889' Morning Star )

'Don't miss this now it is out in paperback.' (Labour Research )

'Raw's book is infused with a desire to right an historical wrong, and to give credit to those who through enduring hardship deserve it... Raw's primary motive is that the true contribution of the matchwomen be given proper respect in trade union history. She convinces me.' (Tribune )

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