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13 February 2018

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The National Portrait Gallery is showing the 1914 surveillance photographs of suffragettes. There is something deeply shocking about the idea of the police, or rather the Criminal Record Office, secretly photographing women simply because they wanted the vote. The  eight women have been identified and their names are here (scroll down). Also, who would have thought it (then) that 104 years on the photographs would have been at the National Portrait Gallery. The only comfort is that we would have been one of these women. Although when one re-reads the scene of force feeding in our suffragette novel No Surrender, one cannot be quite so complacent about being brave…

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