Things a Bright Girl Can Do


Main Details

Title Things a Bright Girl Can Do
Authors and Contributors      By (author)   Sally Nicholls
Physical Properties
Dimensions(mm): Height 216,Width 135
CategoriesRomance and relationships stories
Historical fiction
Bullying, Violence and Abuse
ISBN 9781783446377
Teenage / Young Adult

Publishing Details

Publisher Andersen Press Ltd
Imprint Andersen Press Ltd
Publication Date 7 September 2017
NZ Release Date 4 October 2017
Publication Country United Kingdom


Through rallies and marches, in polite drawing rooms and freezing prison cells and the poverty-stricken slums of the East End, three courageous young women join the fight for the vote.Evelyn is seventeen, and though she is rich and clever, she may never be allowed to follow her older brother to university. Enraged that she is expected to marry her childhood sweetheart rather than be educated, she joins the Suffragettes, and vows to pay the ultimate price for women's freedom.May is fifteen, and already sworn to the cause, though she and her fellow Suffragists refuse violence. When she meets Nell, a girl who's grown up in hardship, she sees a kindred spirit. Together and in love, the two girls start to dream of a world where all kinds of women have their place.But the fight for freedom will challenge Evelyn, May and Nell more than they ever could believe. As war looms, just how much are they willing to sacrifice?

Author Biography

Sally Nicholls grew up in Stockton-on-Tees, and after school, travelled the world, working for a period at a Red Cross hospital in Japan. Sally's first novel, Ways to Live Forever, won the Waterstones Children's Book Prize and she has been shortlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize and the Costa Children's Book Award. She lives in Oxford.


"Fantastic. Conveys all the intricacies of the political and social situation in a way that's vivid, hard-hitting, funny and emotionally compelling. It feels like we're living it, rather than just learning about it." * Frances Hardinge * "Hurrah for Sally! This is a lovely and engrossing novel about three girls caught up in the Suffragette movement and WW1. It's Sarah Waters for teens, pitch-perfect, historically accurate, very romantic and a jolly good read." * Robin Stevens * "The politics of the time are skilfully woven into the personal stories of Evelyn, May and Nell, touching feminist, LGBT and social issues... This inspirational novel is very welcome." -- Fiona Noble * The Bookseller * "The three main characters that lead the story are vividly alive, Nell in particular is utterly compelling! Historical fiction at its best" -- Hilary McKay "Things A Bright Girl Can Do doesn't sugarcoat the process of becoming politically active, but it does render it as an absolutely vital experience." * Do You Ever Stop to Think blog *