Talking History by Dr Joan Haig & Dr Joan Lennon, illustrations by André Ducci

In 1863, Abraham Lincoln gave the, now famous ‘Gettysburg Address’ during the American Civil War. Fast forward to 2013 when Malala Yousafazi survived a horrific attack, we follow her rehabilitation journey and how she spoke at the United Nations Youth Assembly less than a year later. Her Nobel Peace Prize, among other accolades, acknowledges not only her unwavering courage but her commitment to ensure education for all.

Drs Joan Lennon and Joan Haig have created a very special collection in ‘Talking History’. The background of some of the many major events throughout history, events that have shocked and saddened the world, have also brought change and a new-found hope. With painstaking research, facts and images, the authors have, along with André Ducci’s bold illustrations, re-created moments in history we must never forget.


From Harvey Milk’s ‘Hope Speech’ in 1978 to Severn Cullis-Suzuki’s 2019 address at the United Nations Conference, everyone mentioned in this book have urged us all on with their words.

Should you step into its pages, 150 years of inspiration are at your fingertips.

Climate change, racism, human rights – these are just a few of the topics discussed in this much-needed book. Voices must be heard and if this book is on every bookshelf, then there is hope we can make the world a better place, one day!



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