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.
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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
Family Trees xxi
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
What People are Saying About This
“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!”
"Kept me up half the night - really fascinating and moving - beautifully written and paced…wonderful."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"Wonderful, clever and funny, Clare Mulley's lively and intimate biography brings out the humour, inconsistency, willfullness and just excellent energy of Eglantyne."