The Woman Who Saved the Children (Centenary Edition): A Biography of Eglantyne Jebb: Founder of Save the Children

The Woman Who Saved the Children (Centenary Edition): A Biography of Eglantyne Jebb: Founder of Save the Children

by Clare Mulley


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This is an unconventional biography of an unconventional woman who did not care for children, but dedicated her life to establishing Save the Children and promoting her revolutionary concept of human rights. In this award-winning biography, Clare Mulley brings to life this beautiful, charismatic, and passionate woman, who helped save millions of lives and permanently changed the way the world treats children.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781786076472
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
Publication date: 05/14/2019
Edition description: Centennial
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 415,092
Product dimensions: 5.08(w) x 7.80(h) x (d)

About the Author

Clare Mulley joined Save the Children as a corporate fundraiser in the 1990s. She is the mother of three daughters and currently lives in Essex, UK.

While working as a fundraiser at Save the Children Clare Mulley came across a note written eighty years earlier by the organisation’s founder: ‘the world is not ungenerous, but unimaginative, and very busy’. She has since been fascinated by Eglantyne, sleeping in her childhood nursery, rifling through her journals, and even buying her signature on eBay.

Table of Contents

Introduction xiii

Foreword xvii

Acknowledgements xix

Family Trees xxi

Illustrations xxiii

Cast of Characters xxvii

1 Imagining Eglantyne, 2009-1876 1

2 Meeting the Family, 1876-1894 7

3 Unravelling Her Surroundings, 1895-1898 28

4 Testing the Maternal Impulse, 1898-1900 52

5 Happy Days, 1901-1902 70

6 Brief Studies in Social Questions, 1902-1910 92

7 Love Letters, 1907-1913 115

8 Relief in 'The Barbarous Balkans', 1913 140

9 Conversations with the Dead, 1914-1915 168

10 Surrounded by Action, 1914-1916 190

11 Found in Translation, 1917-1919 209

12 Save the Children, 1919 232

13 Hearts and Minds, 1919-1920 252

14 'Supranationalism', 1920-1923 273

15 The Rights of the Child, 1922-1925 300

16 Blue Plaques, 1920-2009 317

Epilogue: Truths and Lives 331

The International Save the Children Alliance 335

Endnotes 336

Bibliography 358

Index 379

What People are Saying About This

Joely Richardson

“This centenary edition celebrates the life of an indomitable woman. Compellingly written and meticulously researched, this biography is a monument to extraordinary perseverance. Eglantyne Jebb, without any children herself, actually gave her life to stop children being the innocent victims of adult war. I wish she were here today!”

prize-winning biographer and author of The Age of Richard Holmes

"Kept me up half the night - really fascinating and moving - beautifully written and paced…wonderful."

Michael Morpurgo

"Here is the story of one of the great women of the world who made a real difference to the lives of the most needy children. Told with Clare Mulley’s sure instinct for the lives of others, this is an extraordinary book about a unique woman, a woman for our times."

former CEO of Save the Children UK Jasmine Whitbread

"Eglantyne Jebb completely revolutionised public perceptions of charity and our collective responsibility towards children. This excellent book makes plain that Eglantyne's vision is just as powerful - and relevant - today as it was then... Those who read this book will be inspired - as I am - by a woman who dared to think the impossible and turn it into reality. Her example lays down a challenge to us all."

former CEO of Save the Children USA Charlie MacCormack

"A wonderful biography... All of us who continue to build on Eglantyne’s vision are in your debt for giving us the real human being who inspires our work."

author of Stuart: A Life Backwards Alexander Masters

"Wonderful, clever and funny, Clare Mulley's lively and intimate biography brings out the humour, inconsistency, willfullness and just excellent energy of Eglantyne."

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