Daughters of Time coverLook through fresh eyes at the stories of some of history’s most remarkable women, in this inspiring collection of short stories by the finest female authors writing historical fiction for children today The History Girls. Subjects include: Queen Boudicca, Aethelfled, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Julian of Norwich, Lady Jane Grey, Elizabeth Stuart, Aphra Behn, Mary Wollestonecraft, Mary Anning, Mary Seacole, Emily Davison, Amy Johnson and the Greenham Common women. Authors: Penny Dolan, Adele Geras, Mary Hoffman, Dianne Hofmeyr, Marie-Louise Jensen, Catherine Johnson, Katherine Langrish, Joan Lennon, Sue Purkiss, Celia Rees, Katherine Roberts, Anne Rooney and Leslie Wilson.

Background to Daughters of Time

Daughters of Time is an anthology created by a group of authors who blog collectively as the History Girls. It’s aimed at a 10-13 readership (or anyone else who would like to know more about women in history) and is a collection of short stories about important women from history. Some of these women are famous while others ought to be better known than they are. They all lived remarkable lives.

My own story in this collection is called A Night at the Theatre and is about Restoration playwright Aphra Behn. Behn was the first woman to make her living by writing in English. She was a spy, a playwright, a novelist and a poet. I tell her story through the eyes of a fictional character, 12-year-old Jenny, who goes to the theatre with her on the night of the premier of her most successful play, The Rover.  This is the play my character Sophia, from The Girl in the Mask, goes to see performed in Bath.