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Daughters of Spain gives a gripping account of the hard won changes within society for the women of Spain, through the eyes and experiences of the women themselves. I first began to think about writing this book in the late 1980s, when I lived in Spain for a brief period. I was impressed by the way the Spanish women I met had embraced the freedom of modern life in the short period since the death of Spain's dictator General Franco, in 1975. However I did nothing about it. The years went by and I began to realise that if I didn't make a start soon, most of the women I wanted to interview would be dead. So in 2007 I began to interview as many women as I could; I began with friends, then they introduced me to their mothers, aunts, neighbours and so it grew. I also read all that I could lay my hands on about the Spanish Civil war and the Franco era. The women I interviewed were from all walks of life and spanned a wide range of ages. Because the interviews covered a period of immense social change in Spain's recent history, I decided to link them together with short commentaries on topics such as divorce, abortion, contraception, domestic abuse and education, thus putting them into context. The result is a mosaic of their lives, a vivid and unique picture of what life was really like for women in Spain over the past seventy years, of the hardships they endured and their aspirations for a more egalitarian future.
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By Suzie Hoy on 25 April 2014This book is compulsive reading. I found it hard to put down. Written with compassion and with true empathy with the subject. I would advise every female living in Spain to read this book. I will definitely read more books by this author. 5.0 out of 5 starsA wonderful inspiring book about innocent people being drawn into the ...By christine atkinson on 23 Jun. 2016A wonderful inspiring book about innocent people being drawn into the Spanish Civil War with dramatic outcomes for the characters within the book. It also gave me lots of information I was unaware of during the Spanish Civil War really interesting. Great Read.4.0 out of 5 starsUnderstanding the Civil War.By Dr. Robert Balfour on 13 Mar. 2011Most of us are too young to have been alive during the Spanish Civil War, but if you want to understand what some of the spanish women went through, this book will help. Have you ever wondered why some elderly spanish women are still illiterate (analfabeto)? Find out what they went through under Franco. These stories still need to be heard.5.0 out of 5 starsVery good readByCalliopeon 6 November 2010Daughters of Spain is a finely crafted account of a broad selection of Spanish womens' experiences during the Civil War, life under General Franco and their fight for emancipation. It's been told through a series of interviews, conducted and translated by the author; interspersed with historical data, this book is perceptive and a pleasure to read.

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