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Give Us the Vote! is a historical fiction book written by Sue Reid. The book is the fourth and last book in My True Story, a spin-off of My Story. It was published in April 2011 and was preceded by Jim Eldridge's Standing Alone. The book is based on the British suffragette Dora Thewlis.


"For Dora's family, and all those who remember her with affection"

Book description[]

"Dora Thewlis is sixteen years old, and works a ten-hour day at the loom. She longs for a meaningful life and a better world for women. She is thrilled at the chance to go to London to march with the suffragettes. But will her devotion to the cause survive the misery and humiliation of arrest and prison?"


Historical Note[]


Main article: List of Give Us the Vote! characters


Main article: Sue Reid

Sue Reid is an English children's and young adult author whom has written several historical fiction books. Reid is the author of several My Story books, including Mill Girl, War Nurse, Pompeii, The Fall of the Blade and Lady Jane Grey. Reid blended fact with fiction while writing Give Us the Vote!, though she always tried to use fact over fiction. As a part of her research, Reid got in contact with some of Dora's relatives whom she dedicated the book to.


"My grateful thanks to Jilly Liddington, for putting me in contact with Dora's family, and whose book Rebel Girls (Virago Press) was the inspiration for Give Us the Vote.
I'd also like to acknowledge the assistance of the following people and organizations who have been so helpful locating documents, digging out archive material and trying to find answers to the unanswerable.
  • The staff at Huddersfield's Local Studies library and the West Yorkshire Archive Service, especially Caroline Knight, Lynn McLean and Linda Hill
  • Isabel Holland, project officer, Tolson Memorial Museum
  • Chris Yeates, Museums Collections Officer, Kirklees Museums and Galleries
  • Alan Brooke for sharing his exhaustive record of Huddersfield mills
  • Beverley Cook, Curator, Social and Working History, the department of History Collections, Museum of London
  • Professor Paul Ward, University of Huddersfield
  • Hilary Haigh, archivist, University of Huddersfield
  • Adam Carter, Bury library
  • Staff at the Huddersfield Town Hall for kindly showing me around when the hall was closed
And finally I'd like to thank Dora's descendants—Chris Dow, Kerrie Bartholomew, Philip and Peter Carey—who as well as trying to answer my numerous questions so kindly shared with me memories and recollections of their grandmother."


  • The cover uses an infamous photograph of Dora Thewlis, which originally appeared on the front page of the Daily Mirror on March 20, 1907.[2]


See also[]

My Story

The Hunger | Voyage on the Great Titanic | The Crystal Palace | Blitz | My Tudor Queen | Twentieth-Century Girl
The Great Plague | The '45 Rising | Civil War | Trafalgar | The Trenches | Battle of Britain | Mill Girl | Transported
Armada | Crimea | Bloody Tower | Indian Mutiny | Zulu War | Mayflower | Agincourt | Suffragette | Waterloo | Slave Girl
Flying Ace | Anne Boleyn and Me | D-Day | Victorian Workhouse | Spy Smuggler | Desert Danger | War Nurse
U-Boat Hunter | The Queen's Spies

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Princess of Egypt | Pompeii | Road to War | Roman Invasion | Viking Blood | Highway Girl | Sophie's Secret War
The Storm to Come | The Sweep's Boy | The Fall of the Blade | Pyramid of Secrets | Factory Girl | Dodger!
No Way Back | Wartime Princess | London Stories | Berlin Olympics | Lady Jane Grey | Nowhere to Run

2nd relaunch

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Noor-un-Nissa Inayat Khan | Ignatius Sancho | Princess Sophia Duleep Singh | Mary Prince

My Royal Story

Victoria | Anastasia | Cleopatra | Marie Antoinette | Elizabeth | Mary, Queen of Scots | Henry VIII's Wives

My True Story

What If They Find Us? | Hero at Dunkirk | Standing Alone | Give Us the Vote!

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