Bad Girls: A History of Rebels and Renegades
12:00pm - 12:55pm - Sunday 2 June
Until its closure in 2016, HM Prison Holloway was western Europe's largest women's prison. First built in 1852 as a House of Correction, Holloway's women came from all corners of the UK - whether a patriot from Scotland, a suffragette from Huddersfield, or a spy from the Isle of Wight - and from all walks of life - socialites and prostitutes, sporting stars and nightclub queens, refugees and freedom fighters. They were imprisoned for treason and murder, for begging, performing abortions and stealing clothing coupons, for masquerading as men, running brothels and attempting suicide.
In Bad Girls, Caitlin Davies tells the women’s stories and shows how they have been treated in our justice system over more than a century. From the women who escaped the hangman's noose - and those who didn't - to those who escaped Holloway altogether, Bad Girls is a fascinating look at how disobedient and defiant women changed not only the prison service, but the course of history.