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Book Review: Warriors, Witches and Damn Rebel Bitches by Mairi Kidd

“I’ll be glad to get sat doon and have a nice cup of tea.”

Maw Broon – Matriarch

A beautifully poignant book that explores the lost stories of women in Scottish history. From writers to doctors to rulers and everyone in between, this book intends to bring these stories into the light and inspire. Mairi Kidd aims to bring forth lessons from women who would connect with our current generations. The change-makers who need to be known within the fabric of our historic tapestry. She asks, ‘What sort of world would we wish for her, and which women’s stories could help inspire her towards it?’ Warriors, Witches and Damn Rebel Bitches achieves just that.

So many tales of women in time are held within the pages of this book that broke the rules, ignored society’s limitations and fought back with attitude. Elsie Inglis, appalled by the standards of care for female patients, founded her own maternity hospital in Edinburgh. Janet ‘Jennie’ Lee was known for her political tenacity, becoming the first Minister for the Arts and was key to establishing the Open University. Flora Drummond arranged Edinburgh’s first Suffragette march and many others, gaining the nickname The General. These women are important factors in the change we see today and how Scotland has been shaped.

Mairi Kidd has successfully brought badass women into the limelight in the form of charming  bedtime stories. Easy to read in short chapters, Warriors, Witches and Damn Rebel Bitches is an entertaining read for the whole family. Kidd invites you to discover a hidden history, inspiring the women of today with the attitudes and actions of our ancestors. With lessons to learn from past discretion, you will feel inspired to face modern-day dilemmas with attitude. A powerful book that is written with passion and wit, readers will feel ready to continue on the path paved by the badass women before us.

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