Cranky Ladies of History

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Cranky Ladies of History launched on March 8, 2015. Canberra book launch information can be found here.

The Cranky Ladies launch blog post series.

The Cranky Ladies blog tour round up.

Tansy’s Cranky Ladies Pinterest page!

ISBN: 9780992553456 (paperback)

ISBN: 9780992553449 (hardcover)

ISBN: 9780992553463 (ebook)

RRP: $29.95 (paperback)

RRP: $39.95 (hardcover)

RRP: $9.99 (ebook)

March 8, 2015

Cranky Ladies of History

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Warriors, pirates, murderers and queens…

Throughout history, women from all walks of life have had good reason to be cranky. Some of our most memorable historical figures were outspoken, dramatic, brave, feisty, rebellious and downright ornery.

Cranky Ladies of History is a celebration of 22 women who challenged conventional wisdom about appropriate female behaviour, from the ancient world all the way through to the twentieth century. Some of our protagonists are infamous and iconic, while others have been all but forgotten under the heavy weight of history.

Sometimes you have to break the rules before the rules break you.

Introduction by Tansy Rayner Roberts
Queenside by Liz Barr
The Company Of Women by Garth Nix
Mary, Mary by Kirstyn McDermott
A Song For Sacagawea by Jane Yolen
Look How Cold My Hands Are by Deborah Biancotti
Bright Moon by Foz Meadows
Charmed Life by Joyce Chng
A Beautiful Stream by Nisi Shawl
Neter Nefer by Amanda Pillar
The Dragon, The Terror, The Sea by Stephanie Lai
Due Care And Attention by Sylvia Kelso
Theodora by Barbara Robson
For So Great A Misdeed by Lisa L. Hannett
The Pasha, The Girl And The Dagger by Havva Murat
Granuaile by Dirk Flinthart
Little Battles by L.M. Myles
Another Week In The Future, An Excerpt by Kaaron Warren
The Lioness by Laura Lam
Cora Crane And The Trouble With Me by Sandra McDonald
Vintana by Thoraiya Dyer
Hallowed Ground by Juliet Marillier
Glorious by Faith Mudge

We would like to thank the many other authors who pitched or submitted stories throughout the process – we had to make some tough decisions!

The Pozible crowdfunding campaign for Cranky Ladies began on March 1 and ran until March 31, 2014, coinciding with Women’s History Month.

We would like to publicly acknowledge our wonderful backers:

Adelia Croser

Aidan Doyle

Aimee Lindorff

Aja Romano

Alan Baxter

Alex Pierce

Alex Rankin

Ali Nolte

Alisa Krasnostein

Alison Grahame

Alison Simmonds

Amanda Dettrick

Amanda Pillar

Andrej PavkoviĆ

Andrew Finch

Andrew Finch

Andrew Macrae

Andrew Waddington

Angela Hellewell


Anne Croft

Anthea Hawdon

Avril Hannah-Jones

Barbara Robson

Beks Raymond

Benjamin McKenzie

Bethwyn Walker

Brenda Tronson

Caroline Mills

Carrie Smith

Cath Sherwin

Catherine Braiding

Catherine Green

Catherine Lundoff

Catherine Macdonald

Catherine McArdle

Cathie Tasker

Catriona Sparks

Charles Tan

Cheryl Morgan

Chris Bobridge

Chris Barnes

Chris Brandon-Jones

Chris Keogh

Claire McArthur

Clara White

Claudia Nugent

Damien Saunders

Daniel Franklin

Danielle Venning

Dave Winterbotham

Deb Stanish

Deborah Biancotti

Deidre Tronson

Donna Zillmann

Elanor Matton-Johnson

Eleanor Smith

Elissa Nguyen

Elizabeth Alpert

Elizabeth Shayne

Ellen Blackburn

Ellen Kuehnle


Emma Kate

Emma Wearmouth

Erin Brown

Fiona Beckwith

Frances Menting

Georgina Ogivlie

Glen Collins

Hana Kramer

Havva Murat

Heath Graham

Heather Garnett

Heather Smith

Heidi Stabb

Helen Merrick

Holly Brett Masone

Ian Mond

Ian Nicholls

Janika Bischof

Jason Nahrung

Jean Hollis Weber

Jeanette Gormley

Jen White

Jenni Hughes

Jess I

Jess Lethbridge

Jessica Gravitt

Joanna Kasper

Jodi Cleghorn

Johanna Mary Motteram

Johanna Qualmann

John Devenny

John Richards

Joris Meijer

Ju Transcendancing

Julia Meyer

Julian Barr

Julie Blake

Julie O’Brien

Juliet Marillier

Karen McKenna

Karin Landelius

Kate Cuthbert van der Veer

Kate Eltham

Kate Gordon

Katharine Stubbs

Katherine Ellis

Kathleen Hanrahan

Kathryn Linge

Kathy Sinclair

Katrina McDonnell

Keith Mullumby

Kelly Kleiser

Kelly Osterberg

Kendra Leigh Speedling

Keri Bas

Kerryn Hands

Kim Lowe

Kim Wilkins

Kimberly Bea

Kirsten J Bicica

Koa Webster


Lara Hopkins

LaShonda Hill

Lavinia Gent

Leah Mcdougall

Lee Winter

Leife Shallcross

Linda Sengsourinho

Louise Williams

Lyn Battersby

Mandy Tonks

Marcia Watson

Margaret Davis

Margaret Wieringa

Maria Gerhardt

Maria Messmer

Mark Webb

Mary Gardiner

Matthew Morrison

Matthew Sheahan

Meg Caddy

Melina Dahms

Michael F Stewart

Michelle Goldsmith

Michelle Schoemaker

Michelle Walsh

Mieneke van der Salm

Mikayla Micomonaco

Mindy Johnson

Miriam Mulcahy


Molly Tebo

Narrelle Harris

Natalie Bannister

Nicholas Schiller

Nicky Strickland

Nicola Foxworthy

Nicole Murphy

Nikki Clark

Omega Howell


Patricia Scott

Poppy Carpenter

Rachel Sonntag

Rat Reardon

Rebecca Dominguez

Rebecca Dridan

Rebecca Murrie

Robyn Jelleff


Sarah Bassett

Sarah Brown

Sarah Liberman

Sarah Smith

Satima Flavell

Saxon Brenton

Scott Leis

Sean Wright

Shane Nixon

SirLinda Gale

Sophie Burnham

Stephanie Gunn

Steve Cameron

Stu Barrow

Stuart Reeh

Sue Ann Barber

Sue Collins

Sue McCarthy

Susan Loyal

Suyin Hor

Suzanne Willis

Tania Duffield

Tanya Bailey

Terry Frost

Thomas Bull

Thoraiya Dyer

Tiki Swain

Tori Tyrrell

Tsana Dolichva

Vanessa Ronan-Pearce

Vicki Rogers

Victoria Vyvyan

Wendy Hanna

Zoe Walton

We also thank the supporters who prefer to remain anonymous—we are very grateful!

FableCroft thanks Liz Barr for her inadvertent prompting of this project idea and Amanda Rainey for the marvellous Cranky Ladies logo!