Born the daughter of a wealthy Quaker banker, shy Elizabeth Fry’s start in life was unremarkable. Until, at eighteen years old, she started her own school in the laundry room. At twenty she wed Joseph Fry and over their marriage bore him eleven children.
But it was a charitable visit to Newgate Prison that changed the course of her life, and of history, forever. Unable to ignore the plight of the female convicts, she determined to do everything within her power to right the injustices of the age…
She would become famous amongst royalty, government and the public; a friend of William Wilberforce; and influencer of Florence Nightingale.
This biography, told with verve and pace, and interwoven with extracts from Elizabeth’s private diaries and letters, will inspire and move you with the turn of a page.
‘A thought-provoking and beautifully written book’