While it is yet day

Gil Skidmore reviews a new biography of Quaker prison reformer Elizabeth Fry

Engraving of Elizabeth Fry by John James Hinchliff. | Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

In an afterword to While it is yet Day: The story of Elizabeth Fry Averil Douglas Opperman, an Irish journalist brought up in a Quaker family in Dublin, sets out her hopes for her version of the life of Elizabeth Fry. She wishes to keep the story ‘light’ in order to appeal to ‘young people and those who are not avid readers of history or biography’. She hopes to inspire a new generation and get people talking about Elizabeth Fry and her work.

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