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ISBN: 9781906690625
AUTHOR: Simon Butler
Land Girl Suffragette
Land Girl Suffragette
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Olive Hockin (1881–1936) has never been accorded her rightful place among those brave and resourceful women who fought, and in some cases, risked life and limb, to champion the rights of women.

While in many ways she epitomised those in the vanguard of the Suffrage movement through her class, liberal education and aesthetic principles, her story reveals a complex character – mixing within elite literary and artistic circles, while revealing a deep understanding and empathy for those whose lives were devoted to work on the land.

Trained at the Slade School of Art in the early 1900s, Olive embraced Theosophism, a belief that holds to the principle that deeper understanding comes through mystical insight – themes apparent in her paintings, many of which are only now coming to light. Free thought, devotion to her beliefs and freedom of sexual expression characterise her life at this time.

Implicated in a 1913 bomb plot against Lloyd George, then Chancellor of the Exchequer, Olive was later charged with an arson attack, convicted and sent to prison. On the outbreak of war in 1914, Olive, along with many of her compatriots suspended their militant actions and joined the war effort.

How she then came to work as a labourer on a remote Dartmoor farm is a mystery but her fascinating account of that year is recorded in her book Two Girls on the Land: Wartime on a Dartmoor Farm which, along with the background to her life and times, is republished here in full, including notes and contemporary photographs.

Simon Butler is a writer and consultant to the publishing industry, having directly published over a thousand books during a long career. He is also a Director of the Dartmoor Trust and of two major regional arts organisations. His own writings include the bestselling The War Horses (covering the First World War), and a companion volume Goodbye Old Friend. It was during research on his book The Farmer’s Wife, concerning the history of women workers on the land, that he discovered the writings of Olive Hockin and which led him to research and write Land Girl Suffragette. Having lived on Dartmoor for over forty years, the landscape background to Olive’s story holds a particular resonance.

Imprint: Halsgrove. ISBN 978 1 906690 62 5, hardback, 238x258mm, 144 pages. Published October 2016.

Legendary Dartmoor Pubs & InnsLegendary Dartmoor Pubs & Inns - £9.99
In this book Simon Butler follow in the footsteps of the Sherlock Holmes as he tracks the deadly hound around the moor, taking in the real places visited by the author and playing the role of sleuth in identifying the locations that provided his inspiration. To add enjoyment to the ‘chase’ the book traces the origins of The Hound story to Dartmoor’s own legendary places, and links each to the moor’s historic public houses and inns.
Walking the South West Coast Path CompanionWalking the South West Coast Path Companion - £9.99
This companion guide to the South West Coast Path by Simon Butler and Philip Carter is intended to provide added pleasure and knowledge for those have walked it in whole or in part, or those who are planning to walk it.
The Farmer's WifeThe Farmer's Wife - £19.99
Simon Butler celebrates the women whose working traditions lie in the land and those women who laboured on the land. Their's is a story largely untold for, as ‘The Farmer’s Wife’, their role has often previously been overlooked. Through 250 photographs and a wide ranging text their remarkable contribution to rural life is revealed.
Goodbye Old FriendGoodbye Old Friend - £19.99
Following the First World War, the Empire of the Horse evaporated, and within a few decades the working horse had disappeared almost entirely from the British landscape. Simon Butler explores the reasons for this change and the effect it has had on our lives. The story follows on from the his bestselling book The War Horses in which he describes the fate of the horse during the 1914-18 war.
The War HorsesThe War Horses - £19.99
Simon Butler draws upon over 200 photographs and eye-witness accounts to illustrate the actuality of war and the vital role played by the horse on the Western Front. Poignant memoirs reveal the bond formed between the fighting men and the animals in their care; remarkable stories of compassion and kindness set against the harrowing background of ‘The War to End All Wars’.
Web Price: £19.99
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