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Bodies Politic – Michiel Heyns

on December 23, 2009

images Bodies Politic, is the latest novel by Michiel Heyns.(go here to read his interview with The Book Club Blog)

The story focuses on the highly articulate accounts of three suffragettes: Emmeline Pankhurst, her daughter Sylvia and the enchanting Helen, who was loved by Harry, the neglected son of Emmeline and beloved brother of Sylvia.

It describes the events of a past they shared, not always harmoniously but through the suffragette movement. It is a fictionalised account but are based on actual historical instances and with most of the encounters described, imaginary.

Michiel Heyns has done it again, written a highly readable book! It is sometimes slow going but the writing is brilliant and Michiel has an uncanny knack of transporting you to the time and events described.  It is a story of a family, at odds with each other, but still there is a resemblance of love. It is a story of the relationships formed and broken, the strength of these women and the path that they have chosen.

This book shows us what it would of been like in this time period and the struggle for women’s rights. If you haven’t yet read any of Michiel Heyns, you are missing out!

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4 Responses to “Bodies Politic – Michiel Heyns”

  1. This sounds like such an interesting book. I am doing the Women Unbound Challenge and this sounds like it would fit perfectly! Happy Holidays

  2. Hi Helen,
    I was thinking the same thing, not that I am doing the challenge, but it is a perfect fit. Let me know if you can find it in your country, if not, I can always mail you a copy.

  3. Thanks! I’ll let you know if I can’t find it. I think you were the person I sent my Secret Santa gift to, but I mailed it a month ago and am afraid it never showed up! Did you get something from Santa Barbara?

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