by Angela Tuckett
£8.00 + P&P
Biography of feminist and socialist Enid Stacy, written by her niece.
This book tells the story of Enid Stacy, an inspiring public speaker who won over tens of thousands of working class men and women to the cause of socialism in the late nineteenth century. As a feminist, she also argued for women's suffrage as central to socialism. A founding member of the Independent Labour Party, she toured the country - sometimes with the Clarion Van in Scotland and the North of England - to speak to large crowds.
To the ILP, there was 'no clearer [nor] more convincing exponent' of socialist principles, which led to the Fabians promoting her lecturing tours in America. She shared platforms with contemporaries such as Keir Hardie, Eleanor Marx, and Tom Mann. According to Mann, Enid 'could speak to thousands in the open air as though she was talking with each one in their own home'. For this reason, she was known affectionately as 'Our Enid' and remembered for years after her early death by many who heard her.
Despite these facts there has never been a full-length biography of Enid until this one, written by her niece Angela Tuckett.
Angela died in 1994 leaving the manuscript unpublished. It was WCML founders Ruth and Eddie Frow's wish that one day the biography would see the light of day. After a lot of hard work bringing it up to a publishable standard in a way in which Angela would have approved, everyone at the Library is delighted to see the end result.