Diane Atkinson

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Diane Atkinson is an historian and author who lives in Shoreditch, London.[1]

She has written many books about the Suffragettes, and about women in history, most recently The Criminal Conversation of Mrs Norton, for Random House (2012). The legal case that George Norton brought against his free-thinking wife Caroline Sheridan for Criminal conversation - adultery, that is - in 1836 was a scandal of the Georgian era, that drew in Lord Melbourne and other leading figures. Atkinson's book is 'the liberating life story of the first feminist legislator', according to Kathy Lette. [2]

'In this fascinating book, Diane Atkinson does a lot more than simply remind us of a story that deserves to be more widely known', wrote Kathryn Hughes about Atkinson's Elsie and Mairi Go To War: 'She also given us a ripping yarn about two plucky English gels who performed miracles while also having the time of their lives.' [3] She narrated the stage presentation Elsie and Mairi Go To War at the 2010 Edinburgh Festival.[4]

Atkinson's book Love and Dirt about the marriage of Arthur Munby and Hannah Cullwick was also very widely reviewed and Atkinson contributed to Upstairs Downstairs Love a Channel Four drama documentary based upon it screened on June 16, 2008.

Atkinson was a curator at the Museum of London and prepared their Suffragette exhibition in 1992.[5]

She is a graduate of the University of East Anglia. She married the artist Patrick Hughes in 1986.[6]

Publications[edit]

  • The Criminal Conversation of Mrs Norton (Random House, 2012)
  • Elsie and Mairi go to War (2009)
  • Love and Dirt (2004)
  • Funny Girls: Cartooning for Equality,(Penguin, 1997) a book of cartoons about the Suffragette movement
  • The Suffragettes in Pictures (1996)
  • The Purple, White and Green: Suffragettes in London (Museum of London, 1992)
  • Votes for Women (1998).

References[edit]

Maroulla Joannou 'To defend the oppressed', Gender and History Vol.10 No.2 August 1998, pp. 312–315 - a review of The Suffragettes in Pictures

Kathryn Hughes 'Book of the Week: A good roll in the muck', Guardian,, 18 January 2003 - a review of Love and Dirt

Victoria Lane 'A Dust Wench', Telegraph, 25 January 2003 - a review of Love and Dirt

Di, the Dauntless Atkinson's own webpage

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Di, the Dauntless Atkinson's own webpage
  2. ^ http://www.rbooks.co.uk/product.aspx?id=1848093012
  3. ^ Mail on Sunday, 26 July 2009
  4. ^ Elsie and Mairi Go To War – Press Release
  5. ^ Diane Atkinson, The Purple, White and Green: Suffragettes in London, Museum of London Catalogue, 1992
  6. ^ Patrick Hughes: Double trouble, Andrew Barrow, The Independent, 1 January 2006 (cached on 30 Oct 2011)