Book Review: Daughters of Time by the History Girls

sorry for a bit of a late review on this! I forgot to post it last earlier, in March… *facepalm* Enjoy anyway- and you can also check out my post from the Daughters of Time blog tour HERE!

Published March 2013 by Templar books.

20409955Publisher’s Synopsis: Look 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.

My Review: Daughters of Time is an anthology by the History Girls, a group of women writing at the popular history blog that you can check out here! It’s full of inspiring and engaging stories about some of history’s most important and influential female figures, who are often overlooked.

It took me a while to get into the book properly, as I don’t think I was in the right mood for a historical read, though I’m not quite sure why! I did end up reading a few books in-between this: which might have been a bad thing because it meant I took longer to finish… but also, as an anthology, this is the perfect book to dip in and out of whenever.

A lot of the stories, I really enjoyed; there were a couple I didn’t really like- though overall, Daughters of Time’s stories are excellently written. They transport you to the lives of queens and heiresses, to the lives of female pilots and activists. The writing was descriptive, and fun to read- as were the facts about each ‘Daughter of Time’ at the end of every story. I think that my favourite story had to be the final one, which is about the female activists fighting against nuclear war. I also enjoyed reading the story about Amy Johnson!

Overall, Daughters of Time did take me quite a while to read, but it was definitely really enjoyable. The stories are well written and it was really interesting- it shocked me that whilst so many female historical figures have made huge influences, I’d never heard of a large amount of them! The pieces were all well written and really interesting. As I do feel about most anthologies, though; I did wish that each story was longer! Recommended to any fan of historical books, and to anyone looking for a very different and very insightful read.

My Rating:


I received a copy of Daughters of Time from the publisher, in exchange for a review. In no way at all did this affect my thoughts.



2 thoughts on “Book Review: Daughters of Time by the History Girls

  1. Sunny @ A Sunny Spot

    I’m not one for historical fiction, I’m more of a present tense girl. It just seems to send me to sleep. But I feel like I would really benefit by learning about Woman in history and what better way to learn it than through reading. Sounds surprisingly interesting. Great review Georgia 🙂

    1. keithbwalters Post author

      Thanks, Sunny! 🙂 I never read much historical fiction that’s set earlier than the Victorian times… I hope you enjoy this if you do get around to picking it up, though- it is really inspirational whether you’re a fan of the genre or not!:)


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