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Read the opening story from Make More Noise, our new collection of short stories in honour of the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage

Make More Noise

Next month we’re incredibly proud to be publishing Make More Noise: an incredible collection of brand new short stories, from ten of the UK’s very best storytellers, celebrating inspirational girls and women, being published to commemorate the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in the UK.

And today, we’re delighted to share an early preview of Make More Noise – you can read the very first story in the collection now!

Out for the Count, by Sally Nicholls, tells the story of the night of the 1911 census, on which many women hid from their homes as a protest against their lack of voting rights. It’s an absolutely wonderful story – told with all of Sally’s characteristic warmth, wit, and intelligence.

Here’s a an early exclusive preview:

Some of the stories in the book – like Sally’s – have been inspired by real people and events from history, and others are entirely imagined, but what they all share is a celebration of girls and women at the centre of their own stories..

The full list of authors contributing to the anthology is: Emma Carroll, Kiran Millwood Hargrave (winner of the 2017 Waterstones Children’s Book Prize), Catherine Johnson, Ally Kennen, Patrice Lawrence (winner of the 2017 YA Book Prize), M.G. Leonard (winner of the 2017 Branford Boase Award), Sally Nicholls, Ella Risbridger, Jeanne Willis, and Katherine Woodfine.

We’re so incredibly proud of the incredible collection of authors who have contributed to Make More Noise, and of the stories they have written.

And we’re especially happy to be partnering with Camfed for this book. Camfed is an international charity tackling poverty and inequality by supporting marginalised girls to go to school and succeed, and empowering young women to step up as leaders of change, and it felt particularly appropriate to be able to support these efforts with a book celebrating inspiring girls and women: £1 from the sale of every copy of Make More Noise will go directly to Camfed.

In the speech from which this book takes its name, Emmeline Pankhurst said: “You have to make more noise than anybody else, you have to make yourself more obtrusive than anybody else, you have to fill all the papers more than anybody else, in fact you have to be there all the time and see that they do not snow you under.”

We hope that this book inspires you to make more noise.

 

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