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Suffragettes were members of women’s organization (right to vote) movements in the late 19th and early 20th century, particularly militants in Great Britain such as members of the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU).

The blurb
1912 and London is in turmoil…

The suffragette movement is reaching fever pitch but for broke Fleet Street tomboy Frankie George, just getting by in the cut-throat world of newspapers is hard enough. Sent to interview trapeze artist Ebony Diamond, Frankie finds herself fascinated by the tightly laced acrobat and follows her across London to a Mayfair corset shop that hides more than one dark secret.

Then Ebony Diamond mysteriously disappears in the middle of a performance, and Frankie is drawn into a world of tricks, society columnists, corset fetishists, suffragettes and circus freaks. How did Ebony vanish, who was she afraid of, and what goes on behind the doors of the mysterious Hourglass Factory?

From the newsrooms of Fleet Street to the drawing rooms of high society, the missing Ebony Diamond leads Frankie to the trail of a murderous villain with a plot more deadly than anyone could have imagined…

With a major film, Suffragette, starring Meryl Streep, Helena Bonham-Carter and Carey Mulligan coming soon, suffragettes will be back in the limelight once again, nearly one hundred years after they fought for votes for women.

WOW WHAT A FAB BOOK Just a brilliant debut novel by Lucy Ribchester .
I can not speak highly enough of this book i loved it so much the story will keep you guessing . The plot got a lot of sub plots they mix into the main story it a very deep read a great mystery packed with drama
lucy created a brilliant atmosphere i could see and feel all what was going on it was packed with lots of twists and turns it got a few surprises too it a very good historical fiction i could not put this book down
The book set in London in 1912
Franckie a bit of a tom boy she a reporter she got to interview trapeze Ebony Diamond . Ebony never wants to meet her Frankie start to look into why Ebony never shows up this leads to murder but who was killed?
Frankie going to investigate it that the start of this wonderful read you just get pull into the world of the circus artists , suffragettes and the hourglass factory the whole plot just hooked me

I love millie she was a snake dancer what a character so funny

Twinkle was a brilliant character she just made me smile with her funny ways she the eccentric
Ebony was a bit hard to read but i liked her so much she was a world class trapeze artist i enjoyed hearing all about the circus ticks and secrets she was a suffragette ( wanted the right to vote) i had to look up what one was a the start of book cause i never hear of it but the book told the story so well I could of picked up what it was Lucy describe it all so well i just found it so fascinating to read
We get the story from a few characters points of views which was good you just do not wanted the book to end you seem to become the reporter in your mind you will be trying to solve the mystery
I did feel a lot of research had gone into the book
What happened in the prisons were so bad the book just pull me into the plot
All the characters seemed very brave and some were so funny to read about i just liked them all
You all should read a great debut novel
5 dolls ( 5 stars)

About the Author
Lucy Ribchester was born in Edinburgh in 1982. She studied English at the University of St Andrews and Shakespearean Studies at Kings College London. In 2013 she received a Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award for the opening chapters of The Hourglass Factory. Her short fiction has been published in journals in the UK and US, and she writes about dance and circus for several magazines and websites including The List, Fest and Dance Tabs. The Hourglass Factory is her first novel


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