Reading list

Christopher Brooke, A History of the University of Cambridge (Cambridge University Press, 1993), volume 4: 1870-1990. An impeccably researched and highly readable history of the period.

Elizabeth Crawford, The Women’s Suffrage Movement: A Reference Guide 1866-1928 (1999). An invaluable, impeccably researched resource.

Eleanor Fitzsimons Wilde’s Women (Duckworth Overlook, 2015). An insightful and beautifully written account of the women who were so significant in Wilde’s life, including the writer Amy Levy, a former Newnham College student.

Victoria Glendinning A Suppressed Cry: Life and Death of a Quaker Daughter (Virago second edition, 1995). A beautifully written short biography of Glendinning’s great-aunt Winnie Seebohm, who attended Newnham College Cambridge in 1885 and was taught by Mary Paley Marshall.

W. E. Heitland, ‘Cambridge in the ‘seventies’, The eighteen-seventies, ed. H. Granville-Barker (1929), 269–72

Rita McWilliams Tullberg Women at Cambridge (Cambridge University Press, 1998). The story of the long struggle for women students to be accepted as full members of the university.

Clare Mulley The Woman Who Saved the Children (Oneworld, 2009). The fascinating life of Eglantyne Jebb, the socialite who became the great champion of children’s universal rights.

Mary Paley Marshall What I Remember (Cambridge University Press, 1947). A touching memoir of life as one of Cambridge’s first woman students; Paley Marshall was John Maynard Keynes’s friend and mentor.

Gwen Raverat Period Piece (Faber and Faber, 2002)Charming, funny and deceptively clever, with wonderful illustrations, this best-selling memoir has never been out of print since its first publication in 1952.

Mary Reed Bobbitt, With Dearest Love to All: the Life and Letters of Lady Jebb (Faber & Faber, 1960). The life of ‘that cool American observer’ (Ann Thwaite) is revealed in this biography, which quotes liberally from Jebb’s letters to her sisters in Philadelphia.