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The Boldness of Betty
Written by:
Anna Carey 
Read by:
Eva-Jane Gaffney 
Unabridged CD Audio Book 
Number of CDs:
11 hours 47 minutes 
June 01 2021 
Available Date:
June 01 2021 
Age Category:
Children (10+) 
Fiction; Children; Children's Fiction; Classics 
Bolinda/O'Brien audio 
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The Boldness of Betty is the story of 14-year-old Betty Rafferty, who has just unwillingly left school and started working in a cake shop. Betty joins the Irish Women Workers' Union, and soon she's out on strike – along with thousands of others, as industrial unrest grips the city. How far will she go for her beliefs?

Dublin, 1913. My name is Betty Rafferty. A few weeks ago I had to leave school and go out to work in a cake shop, serving fancy cakes to rude, rich people. No choice. But since then so much has happened. It all started when old Miss Warby took our pay away. And we walked out! The whole city – well, all us union members – are going out on strike. Even my dog Earnshaw has joined in! Life on the picket line in the lashing rain isn’t much fun. Lots of people, like Peter Lawlor, just don’t understand how unfair everything is. But we workers have to stand together – no matter what!

'Carey’s lightness of touch means that descriptions of police brutality towards workers, or the hypocritical actions of Catholic pressure groups, are all the more shocking.'
Irish Times

'Packed with gentle humour and ideal for history-loving youngsters.'
Irish Independent

'Honestly, I find Anna Carey's novels give me courage and recalibrate my own political compass. Even though I'm not a YA, I LOVED this!'
Marian Keyes, international bestselling author

'Lovely for children up and going with their own reading.'
Sunday Independent

'Wonderful … giving me courage to keep on pushing for our rights today.'
Marian Keyes, international bestselling author