The Century Girls.
2018 is the centenary of some British women getting the vote – it is also publication year for The Century Girls which debuted in the Sunday Times bestseller list. The story of six remarkable women who have lived (and are still living) those one hundred years.
With her newest, oldest friends Tessa will be popping up on the radio, in festivals etc.
Century Girl Joyce Reynolds with Tessa at the Cambridge Union
“The book offers a highly personal insight into British society over the past century…… The frank, probing style of Dunlop’s interview technique allows us access to a series of revealing and enlightening stories which would otherwise have been lost…… Dunlop manages to capture these unique personalities in her book with a touching intimacy that never strays into sentimentality.” – The Scotsman
“Tessa Dunlop has found a uniquely personal touch… Dunlop has pulled of an impressive feat of oral history, weaving the women’s memories of their long lives into a coherent narrative and setting it in the context of events at the time… They recount their memories in incredible details, creating a moving portrait of a world that is now lost forever. If you have older female relatives this book will inspire you to capture their stories” – Who Do You Think You Are?
“This year is the centenary of women getting the vote in Britain….Tessa Dunlop has had one of those ideas that belong firmly in the ‘simple-but-brilliant’ category: speaking to six women who’ve been alive for all those hundred years…. The result is a wonderful blend of British history with individual stories – and for any reader under about 90, an often startling reminder of how much things have changed.” – Reader’s Digest
The Bletchley Girls
Published in 2015, The Bletchley Girls was a best seller and well received in the Mail, FT, New Statesman and The Times.
2016’s theatre tour with Bletchley veterans Pat Davies and Ruth Bourne was amazing.
The trio stormed four venues and had rave reviews.
‘Absolutely riveting – history brought to life!’
‘Fascinating, insightful, inspirational.’
‘I loved the combination of Tessa and the two women. It was very interesting to hear first hand experiences of those that worked at Bletchley. Tessa Dunlop was an extremely good presenter.’
The Bletchley Girls presented by Tessa was a big hit on Radio 4 with a full sweep of good reviews.
Tessa’s extensive book tour of the Bletchley Girls included a sell-out at Cheltenham Book festival, ditto Hay-on-Wye and a standing ovation in Edinburgh’s Assembly Rooms.
Last year Tessa ran her first Guardian Masterclass on how to write historical non-fiction. It was a big success, the Guardian’s feedback: ‘Our facilitator.. said it was one of the best masterclasses she’s ever facilitated!’