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Emily Hobhouse – Beloved Traitor

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Emily Hobhouse – Beloved Traitor

Author Elsabe Brits discusses her book Emily Hobhouse. (Camera & editing: Darlene Creamer)

29th August 2016

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A fresh, nuanced look at an extraordinary woman and her lifelong fight for justice.

Defying the constraints of her gender and class, Emily Hobhouse travelled across continents and spoke out against oppression. A passionate pacifist and a feminist, she opposed both the 1899-1902 Anglo-Boer War and World War One, leading to accusations of treason. Despite saving thousands of lives in two wars, she died alone – an unsung hero in her own country.

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Elsabé Brits travelled in Emily Hobhouse’s footsteps, retracing her inspirational, often astonishing story. In Canada the author discovered Hobhouse’s handwritten notebooks, scrapbooks and letters in a chest. With Emily Hobhouse: Beloved Traitor, she brings to life a colourful story of war, heroism and passion, spanning three continents.

 

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About the author

Elsabé Brits is an award-winning South African journalist and author. She was specialist science reporter at the Afrikaans daily, Die Burger, for 17 years, and now writes for Netwerk24. She lives in Cape Town.

 

Emily Hobhouse – Beloved Traitor is published by NB Publishers

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