Women and the Royal Navy (IB Tauris/NMRN) by Jo Stanley. Out Nov 2017. Focused on gender, mobility, and the long struggle for equal rights to sail and be combatant, this is a new approach to naval historiography. It shows all navl women, including doctors and camouflaged ‘boys’. What’s more it’s accessible – a trade book with 92 pictures including some very telling cartoons.
What it’s not: a chronicle of an institutional events; the standard summary of QA naval nurses and Wrens; un-analysed jolly hockeysticks tales.