Nancy - The Story Of Lady Astor [Book Of The Week]

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Nancy Astor was the first woman to take a seat in the British Parliament.

Born in 1879, hers was a fascinating life: from straitened beginnings in the Civil War-ravaged Deep South of America, to marriage into one of the world's richest families, to a straight-talking campaign conducted door-to-door in one of the most deprived areas of Plymouth which brought her a political career that lasted more than two decades (from 1919 - until 1945).

Far from being a hardened campaigner who had suffered for the cause of female suffrage, she was already near the centre of ruling society, having married one of the richest men in the world. She was not even British, yet she became a trailblazer and beacon for the generations of women who would follow her into Parliament.

Anna Maxwell Martin reads Adrian Fort's biography.

Abridger: Alison Joseph.

Producer: Kirsteen Cameron.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 2012.

The fascinating life of the first woman to take a seat in the British Parliament.

Serialised book readings, featuring works from various genres

Nancy Astor was the first woman to take a seat in the British Parliament.

Born in 1879, hers was a fascinating life: from straitened beginnings in the Civil War-ravaged Deep South of America, to marriage into one of the world's richest families, to a straight-talking campaign conducted door-to-door in one of the most deprived areas of Plymouth which brought her a political career that lasted more than two decades (from 1919 - until 1945).

Far from being a hardened campaigner who had suffered for the cause of female suffrage, she was already near the centre of ruling society, having married one of the richest men in the world. She was not even British, yet she became a trailblazer and beacon for the generations of women who would follow her into Parliament.

Anna Maxwell Martin reads Adrian Fort's biography.

Abridger: Alison Joseph.

Producer: Kirsteen Cameron.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 2012.

The fascinating life of the first woman to take a seat in the British Parliament.

Serialised book readings, featuring works from various genres

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20191126 (BBC7)

The first woman to take a seat in the British Parliament, Nancy Astor shows no interest in her admirers until the determined Waldorf Astor appears on the scene..

Far from being a hardened campaigner who had suffered for the cause of female suffrage, she was already near the centre of ruling society, having married one of the richest men in the world. She was not even British, yet she became a trailblazer and beacon for the generations of women who would follow her into Parliament.

Anna Maxwell Martin reads Adrian Fort's biography.

Abridger: Alison Joseph.

Producer: Kirsteen Cameron.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 2012.

Nancy shows no interest in her admirers until the determined Waldorf Astor appears.

Serialised book readings, featuring works from various genres

The first woman to take a seat in the British Parliament, Nancy Astor shows no interest in her admirers until the determined Waldorf Astor appears on the scene..

Far from being a hardened campaigner who had suffered for the cause of female suffrage, she was already near the centre of ruling society, having married one of the richest men in the world. She was not even British, yet she became a trailblazer and beacon for the generations of women who would follow her into Parliament.

Anna Maxwell Martin reads Adrian Fort's biography.

Abridger: Alison Joseph.

Producer: Kirsteen Cameron.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 2012.

Nancy shows no interest in her admirers until the determined Waldorf Astor appears.

Serialised book readings, featuring works from various genres

032012101720191127 (BBC7)
20191128 (BBC7)

Nancy Astor embarks on a political career in the face of adversity as the first woman to take a seat in the British Parliament.

Far from being a hardened campaigner who had suffered for the cause of female suffrage, she was already near the centre of ruling society, having married one of the richest men in the world. She was not even British, yet she became a trailblazer and beacon for the generations of women who would follow her into Parliament.

Anna Maxwell Martin reads Adrian Fort's biography.

Abridger: Alison Joseph.

Producer: Kirsteen Cameron.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 2012.

Nancy embarks on a political career as the only female MP in the Commons.

Serialised book readings, featuring works from various genres

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MP Nancy Astor helps to steer Plymouth through the horrors of the Blitz during the Second World War.

Adrian Fort's biography detailing the fascinating life of Lady Nancy Astor, the first woman to take a seat in the British Parliament.

Read by Anna Maxwell Martin.

Abridger: Alison Joseph.

Producer: Kirsteen Cameron.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 2012.

The first female MP helps to steer Plymouth through the horrors of the Blitz.

Serialised book readings, featuring works from various genres

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20191129 (BBC7)

Forced into retirement, Nancy struggles to adapt to non-political life in her twilight days.

The fascinating life of the first woman to take a seat in the British Parliament.

Anna Maxwell Martin concludes Adrian Fort's biography.

Abridger: Alison Joseph.

Producer: Kirsteen Cameron.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 2012.

Forced into retirement, Nancy struggles to adapt to non-political life.

Serialised book readings, featuring works from various genres

Forced into retirement, Nancy struggles to adapt to non-political life in her twilight days.

The fascinating life of the first woman to take a seat in the British Parliament.

Anna Maxwell Martin concludes Adrian Fort's biography.

Abridger: Alison Joseph.

Producer: Kirsteen Cameron.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 2012.

Forced into retirement, Nancy struggles to adapt to non-political life.

Serialised book readings, featuring works from various genres