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It Takes Two: A History of the Couples Who Dared to be Different
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It Takes Two: A History of the Couples Who Dared to be Different (Hardback)

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They say two heads are better than one - but who are the great dynamic duos of history?

In It Takes Two, Cathy Newman rewrites the history books to give a vibrant, feminist account of the extraordinary moments when two people have paired up to innovate, explore, create and change the world.

From married couples to sisters, rivals to unlikely friends, Newman tells stories reaching back to medieval history and out to all corners of the world. How did the queer women Katherine Harris Bradley and her niece Edith Emma Cooper dream up and share the literary pseudonym 'Michael Field' so that their writing could be published? How did Amelia Earhart and George 'Mr Earhart' Putnam forge a true marriage of equals and adventure? How did a pair of amateur astronomers in nineteenth century Tulse Hill, London, come together to prove the universe was expanding?

Introducing the unacknowledged movers-and-shakers of the past alongside the real stories behind household names, Newman gives a triumphant and unexpected history both of the untold power of collaboration and of how it happens that that one half of the duo is often excluded from the narrative.

BiographyTrue storiesTrue stories: discovery / historical / scientificHistory & PoliticsHistory: specific events & topicsSocial & cultural history Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Publication Date: 15/10/2020 ISBN-13: 9780008363338  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Cathy Newman is one of Channel 4 News' main studio presenters. She joined Channel 4 News as political correspondent in January 2006 after seven years writing for the Financial Times. Cathy is an award-winning investigative journalist whose scoops have allegations of sexual harassment in Westminster, an investigation into a British paedophile who abused vulnerable boys in Kenya; and allegations of violent abuse by the British barrister John Smyth. She was the only broadcast journalist to travel with Angelina Jolie and the then foreign secretary William Hague to the Congo as part of their campaign against sexual violence. Cathy' first book Bloody Brilliant Women was published in 2018.

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