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Historical Books with Guinevere Hall

Harvey Deegan

In this historical books segment with Guinevere Hall from Typeface Books the books featured are:

“In Search of The Woman who sailed the world” by Australian author Danielle Clode.

When the first woman to circumnavigate the world completed her journey in 1775, she returned home without any fanfare at all.

Jeanne Barret, an impoverished peasant from Burgundy, disguised herself as a man and sailed on the 1766 Bougainville voyage as the naturalist’s assistant. For over two centuries, the story of who this young woman was, why she left her home to undertake such a perilous journey and what happened when she returned has been shrouded in uncertainty.

Biologist and award-winning author Danielle Clode embarks on a journey to solve the mysteries surrounding Jeanne Barret. From archives, herbariums and museums to untouched forests and open oceans, Clode’s mission takes her from France and Mauritius to the Pacific Islands and New Guinea to reveal the previously untold full story of Jeanne’s life as well as the achievements and challenges of her famous voyage.

This book is an ode to the sea, to science and to one remarkable woman who, like all explorers, charted her own course for others to follow.

“A History of the world with the women put back in” by Kerstin Lucker and Ute Daenschel

Not just another collection of short biographies, this book adds women’s stories to the wider context of global history. Our perception of history is formed by those who record it, and traditionally it has been told by men, for men, about the achievements of men. Women were often deemed less important, their letters destroyed, their stories ignored.
This book attempts to discover some of the missing pieces of the big puzzle of world history, by examining the sources and telling women’s stories alongside men’s. It’s a history of sexism and of the ideas and assumptions that allowed misogyny to become so entrenched worldwide.

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Harvey Deegan