The Hard Way Up

[MITCHELL, Geoffrey, eds.]. The Hard Way Up.

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[MITCHELL, Geoffrey, eds.] The Hard Way Up. London: Faber and Faber, 1968.

8vo., original purple cloth, lettered in gilt to spine; original unclipped dust jacket; pp. 260; a few small damp spots to upper cover; previous ownership inscription to ffep; else a near-fine copy in jacket which has some creasing to folds and edges; spine faded and nicked to head and foot. Provenance: with the bookplate of Fenella Macartney to front paste-down.
First edition.
A simply written and somewhat elusive document, recording the rise to influence of a powerfully principled British pioneer for women's rights, and her Great War on the Home Front (Manchester) as a local leader in the Suffragette and Labour movements.
Fenella Macartney, also known as Fenella Frances Dora Boyle, gained the rank of Flying Officer in the service of the Women's Auxiliary Air Force during WWII. Her husband, Robin Halliday Macartney, was a close friend of Agatha Christie, accompanied her on many excavations, and designed the covers of some of her early books. It is perhaps no surprise that this book be included in Fenella's collection.