Wendy Louise Bardsley is a northern poet and novelist who was born and bred in Greater Manchester. She is familiar with the northern hills from walking them with her family, and with the city through her teaching and advisory work in schools, colleges and the university. Nowadays she spends most of her time writing biographical fiction with a view to shedding light on the lives of interesting people who she feels might be better understood and valued by way of a novel; people such as Branwell Bronte, the much criticised Bronte brother, and the pioneer feminist Mary Wollstonecraft, born in 1759, who died from complications at 38 years of age after just giving birth to Mary Shelley, who would eventually come to write Frankenstein
. They were two very different women, both with brilliant minds.
In The Passions of Mary Wollstonecraft, Wendy's latest novel, she explores the sometimes painful path Wollstonecraft trod from girlhood to death as she fought for women to have a more realistic role in life and a chance for fulfilment through education and equality with men. Her seminal work on feminist philosophy (1792) A Vindication of the Rights of Woman resonates with women to present times.
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