Author uses family links to Suffragette movement for new book

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No Greater Love (MacLeod Trotter Books)

A BEST-SELLING author will be signing copies of her new book on Saturday to mark the centenary of Emily Wilding Davison’s death.

Janet MacLeod Trotter was brought up in the North East by Scottish parents. She is the author of 16 novels, including the hugely popular Jarrow Trilogy and a childhood memoir, Beatles & Chiefs, which was featured on BBC Radio Four.

Her book, The Hungry Hills, gained her a place on the shortlist of The Sunday Times’ Young Writers’ Award and the Tea Planter’s Daughter was longlisted for the RNA Romantic Novel Award.

She will be in the Morpeth Chantry building off Bridge Street from 10am to noon.

Mrs MacLeod-Trotter said: “Very often the Suffragette movement in the UK is associated only with London, but there were many brave women in the North who got involved in the fight for the vote and this novel is a tribute to them.

“My own family has links with the women’s emancipation movement. Three of my Scottish great aunts were Suffragette members of the WSPU and my great grandmother (also called Janet) once brandished her umbrella at Winston Churchill in Edinburgh and shouted ‘Votes for Women Mr Churchill!’.

“My other inspiration was Emily Wilding Davison, who was hit by King George V’s horse at the Epsom Derby while protesting 100 years ago.

“No Greater Love is a new version of The Suffragette – with a different ending – to mark the centenary of Emily Wilding Davison’s death. I’m looking forward to signing copies in Morpeth Chantry.”

The paperback version costs £8.99 and it is also available as an e-book.