By Eilat Negev, Yehuda Koren
A wide ranging portrait of a awesome lady and the tumultuous Victorian period on which she made her mark, The First girl of Fleet road chronicles the meteoric upward push and tragic fall of Rachel Beer—indomitable heiress, social crusader, and newspaper pioneer.
Rich with interval aspect and drawing on a wealth of unique fabric, this sweeping paintings of never-before-told historical past recounts the ascent of 2 of London’s such a lot popular Jewish immigrant families—the Sassoons and the Beers. Born into one, Rachel married into the opposite, marriage ceremony newspaper owner Frederick Beer, the only real inheritor to his father’s huge, immense fortune. notwithstanding she and Frederick grew to become major London socialites, Rachel was once formidable and unwilling to accept a snug, idle existence. She used her husband’s platform to imagine the editorship of no longer one yet venerable Sunday newspapers—the Sunday Times and The Observer—a lovely accomplishment at a time whilst ladies have been denied the vote and allowed little entry to schooling. 90 years might go sooner than one other lady might take the helm of an immense newspaper on both sides of the Atlantic.
It used to be a thrilling interval in London’s history—fortunes have been being gathered (and squandered), masterpieces have been being created, and new applied sciences have been revolutionizing everyday life. yet with scant entry to politicians and press circles, such a lot lady newshounds have been constrained to issuing type experiences and dispatches from the social whirl. Rachel refused to restrict herself or her ideals. within the pages of her newspapers, she opined on Whitehall politics and British imperial adventures in another country, campaigned for women’s motives, and doggedly pursued the proof that will exonerate an unjustly accused French army officer within the so-called Dreyfus Affair. yet at the same time she effectively blazed a path in her specialist existence, Rachel’s own travails have been the stuff of tragedy. Her marriage to Frederick drove an insurmountable wedge among herself and her conservative kin. eventually, she used to be pressured to retreat from public lifestyles fullyyt, dwelling out the remainder of her days in stately isolation.
While the boys of her period can have grabbed extra headlines, Rachel Beer continues to be a pivotal determine within the annals of journalism—and the lengthy march towards equality among the sexes. With The First girl of Fleet Street, she ultimately will get front web page remedy she merits.