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Parrot pie for breakfast : an anthology of women pioneers /
selected by Jane Robinson.
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New York : Oxford University Press, 1999.
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xiv, 177 p.
ISBN
0192880209 (paperback)
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New York : Oxford University Press, 1999.
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0192880209 (paperback)
catalogue key
3163797
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Library Journal on 2000-04-01:
This is a collection of commentaries by 100 women pioneers dating from the early 17th century through the early 20th century. The sources are letters, diaries, journals, and published accounts, over half of them from North America and the rest from Africa, Australia, Asia, and India. The idea is to give the flavor of the pioneer experience by offering the actual writings of pioneer women. The excerpts are grouped into chapters reflecting topics of daily life, e.g., "First Impressions," "Settling In," "Matters Domestic," and "Danger and Desperation." They are presented with little regard for time or place, however; thus, a note from Nigeria in 1908 is positioned next to one from Australia in 1852, while an 1837 entry from New South Wales comes just after one from Egypt in 1875. This fluttering about gives the book a disjointed quality. Interesting in a casual way, the selections can be read as pieces of little stories, not as representations of culture or time. Recommended for larger public libraries.--Bonnie Collier, Yale Law Lib., New Haven, CT (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Review Quotes
'Jane Robinson has a good touch with titles.' - The Sunday Times, 10.10.99
'Jane Robinson's anthology contains some startling information.... there is more to this slim book than drama. We hear a variety of female voices and views. Some of the entries are touching and others amusing. Perhaps the most appealing aspect is the impression of the everyday joys andstruggles of women accustoming themselves to the challenges of life in the British Empire.' - Anastasia Tolstoy, Literary Review, October 1999
'The 100 plus voices that make up this anthology are ruch and varied, ranging from missionaries to prostitutes and gold diggers to distressed gentlewomen hunting for husbands... For tips on how best to cook kangaroo meat, shoot quick and count your blessings - this is the book.'- Daily Mail,1.10.99
'Jane Robinson's anthology contains some startling information.... there is more to this slim book than drama. We hear a variety of female voices and views. Some of the entries are touching and others amusing. Perhaps the most appealing aspect is the impression of the everyday joys and struggles of women accustoming themselves to the challenges of life in the British Empire.' - Anastasia Tolstoy, Literary Review, October 1999'The 100 plus voices that make up this anthology are ruch and varied, ranging from missionaries to prostitutes and gold diggers to distressed gentlewomen hunting for husbands... For tips on how best to cook kangaroo meat, shoot quick and count your blessings - this is the book.'- Daily Mail, 1.10.99'Jane Robinson has a good touch with titles.' - The Sunday Times, 10.10.99
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This anthology tells the story of over 100 women pioneers spanning four centuries, from the lowliest kitchen skivvy to ambassador's wives, all emigrants who settled the wildernesses of the world in search of new and better lives.
Long Description
There is nothing quite like parrot pie for breakfast. First one must catch one's parrot, of course, and build the hearth to bake it, but that is all in a days work for the woman pioneer. This riveting anthology tells the story of over 100 such women spanning four centuries, from the lowliest kitchen skivvy to ambassadors' wives: emigrants who settled the wildernesses of the world in search of new and better lives. Many were lured abroad by the promise of work or fortune; some went because imperial duty called, while for others it was a most unfeminine lust for adventure that drew them away. But all faced challenges in their homes from home that were to test to the limit their spirits, their resourcefulness, even their survival.
Main Description
Catching a parrot and building the hearth to bake it was all in a day's work for the woman pioneer. This riveting anthology tells the story of over 100 such women who settled everywhere from Africa and India to North America and Canada in the age of Empire, from the early 17th to the early 20th centuries.
Main Description
There is nothing quite like parrot pie for breakfast. First one must catch one's parrot, of course, and build the hearth to bake it, but that is all in a days work for the woman pioneer. This riveting anthology tells the story of over 100 such women spanning four centuries, from the lowliestkitchen skivvy to ambassadors' wives: emigrants who settled the wildernesses of the world in search of new and better lives. Many were lured abroad by the promise of work or fortune; some went because imperial duty called, while for others it was a most unfeminine lust for adventure that drew themaway. But all faced challenges in their homes from home that were to test to the limit their spirits, their resourcefulness, even their survival.
Main Description
There is nothing quite like parrot pie for breakfast. First one must catch one's parrot, of course, and build the hearth to bake it, but that is all in a day's work for the woman pioneer. This riveting anthology tells the story of over 100 such women spanning the age of Empire from the early seventeenth century to the early twentieth. Almost half of them are settlers in North America and Canada, a quarter in Africa, many in Australasia and India, and the rest scattered around the globe from Egypt to Jamaica, Sarawak to Samoa, and many points inbetween. From the lowliest kitchen skivvy to ambassadors' wives, this book celebrates the emigrants who settled the wildernesses of the world in search of new and better lives. Many were lured abroad by the promise of work or fortune; some went because imperial duty called, while for others it was a most unfeminine lust for adventure that drew them away. But all faced challenges in their homes from home that were to test to the limit their spirits, their resourcefulness, even their survival.
Publisher Fact Sheet
Tells the compelling stories of over 100 adventurous women pioneers, spanning four centuries in the process.
Table of Contents
Introductionp. XI
Taking Leavep. 1
The Voyage Outp. 13
First Impressionsp. 31
Settling Inp. 49
Spending the Dayp. 68
Matters Domesticp. 89
Triumph and Delightp. 108
Danger and Desperationp. 128
Staying Onp. 154
Source Acknowledgementsp. 173
Index of Authorsp. 175
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