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Madame Presidentess

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A fascinating account of the life of a little known 19th century political campaigner who ran for President no fewer than three times.

Before reading this book I had never heard of Victoria Woodhull. That's not surprising, and not only because I am not a citizen of the USA. Neither the scandals and political campaigns she was involved in, nor her life as the first female stock broker are well documented - until now.

Evelina has undertaken a massive amount of detailed research to come up with this fascinating story. Much of it would be dismissed as implausible were it pure invention; "you couldn't make it up" to use a cliche. Of course, because this is a fictionalized account of Woodhull's life, or, rather, the period during which she was in the public eye, some things have been made up. But, until you read the author's notes at the end, you will not know which, nor the extent to which Evelina has gone to ensure consistency with real events. And it is those real events that are most extraordinary.

The other thing that deserves stressing is the timeliness of this account. A story about the USA's first female presidential candidate, written whilst it appeared, at least for a while, that the USA was about to elect its first female President; a story featuring the abuse of women by men, and the hypocrisy of those who condemned women whilst turning a blind eye to the male perpetrators, published simultaneously with the rise of the #MeToo movement and allegations about the way women are still treated by some powerful men.

But it is not these facts alone that make the book worthy of becoming a best seller. Ultimately it is the quality of the writing, the way the central characters are portrayed with all of their flaws as well as their great strengths, that makes this book a must read for anyone interested in women's rights and the struggle that lies behind many social changes that we take for granted today.


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So far I’ve self-published 4 novels, two collections of short stories and one non-fiction book about Irish history. I am currently working on my 5th novel, another work of historical fiction based around real events during the Great Irish Famine. My stories have also appeared in several anthologies.

About the author

Nicole Evelina's books have won more than 30 awards, including three Book of the Year designations. Her fiction focuses on biographical historical fiction, while her non-fiction focuses on women’s history, especially sharing the stories of unknown or little-known figures. view profile

Published on July 24, 2017

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100000 words

Contains mild explicit content ⚠️

Genre: Historical Fiction

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