The Woman Who Saved the Children: A Biography of Eglantyne Jebb: Founder of Save the Children

The Woman Who Saved the Children: A Biography of Eglantyne Jebb: Founder of Save the Children

by Clare Mulley


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2009 marks the 90th anniversary of Save the Children, a charity that fights to uphold the human rights of children wherever they are threatened. Now promoted by the likes of Brad Pitt, George Clooney, and Julianne Moore the charity’s original founder was a childless spinster in a brown cardigan whose most famous line, ‘I don’t care for children’ makes hers a most unconventional story. At once a romantic and realist, Eglantyne’s short life (she died aged just 52) was full of humour and tragedy, passion and pain. She moved from illicit romance in Cambridge to espionage in Serbia, from private spiritualism in Shropshire to public arrest in Trafalgar Square. And while children’s universal human rights are yet to be realised, Eglantyne’s achievement of putting them on the world agenda is a powerful testament to her rare combination of personal courage, eccentric charisma, and humane vision. 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781851686575
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
Publication date: 05/01/2009
Pages: 416
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.40(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Acknowledgements xi

Family Trees xiii

Illustrations xv

Cast of Characters xix

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

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