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By Richard Handley

Richard Handley tells the brave tale of Louisa Lawson, a pacesetter within the struggle for women’s rights and an important personality in Australian heritage. He highlights the nice braveness she confirmed in dealing with her difficulties and the selection and scuffling with spirit in confronting male chauvinism and the subjugation of ladies in 19th century Australia. Louisa emerges because the prime feminist author of her day and as a proficient poet.

In the prior, her acceptance has suffered and her significance neglected, with the biographers of Henry Lawson, her son, portray her as a clumsy, uncaring and sexually repressed wife.

Richard Handley’s That Mad Louisa has addressed that state of affairs highlighting her championing of women’s welfare and equality, her Australian patriotism, her inventiveness, publishing and journalistic traits and her charitable works.

There are a few astonishing revelations approximately Louisa and her relations: illegitimate teenagers, tragic untimely deaths, police activities and court docket lawsuits, drunkenness and violence, bouts of madness and committals to lunatic asylums, ready opposed to a history of 19th century values.

Richard Handley has positioned a persuasive case in a must-read booklet for Louisa Lawson to be well-known because the most crucial determine within the heritage of the feminist reason, a really striking woman.

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