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Hannah Jewell is a former senior writer at BuzzFeed UK, where she became known for her humour writing about gender and her satire of UK and US politics. She presented BuzzFeed's live 2016 election night show, which was watched by nearly 7 million people. Born in the UK, she grew up in California and did her undergraduate study at UC Berkeley in Middle East Studies, then moved to the UK for an MPhil in International Relations and Politics at Cambridge. Hannah is now pop culture host for the Washington Post.

Hannah’s first book, 100 Nasty Women of History combines her background in history and politics with her love of the internet to write about remarkable women of the past with an accessible, hilarious (and sometimes sweary) style. It was published by Hodder & Stoughton in the UK in 2017 and by Sourcebooks in the US in 2018 as She Caused a Riot.


'Because 100 Nasty Women is so easy to read and witty, I didn't expect it to be the life changing, important book that I'm discovering it to be'. Philippa Perry

These are the women who were deemed too nasty for their times.

When you learn about (the very few) women in history, it's hard not to wonder: why do they seem so prim and proper? The truth is, (mostly male) historians keep glossing over the real details, or leaving out the women who threatened their idea of what a woman should be like. Fake news!

But fret not. Former Buzzfeed senior writer and Washington PostPop Culture host, Hannah Jewell, has got you covered. In 100 Nasty Women of History, Hannah will spill the tea on such incredible women as: Aethelflaed, who fought off Vikings at her wedding. Ching Shih, a swashbuckling pirate known as 'The Terror of South China'. Ida B. Wells-Barnett, who fought racism with the point of her pen. Lilian Bland, who built her own plane and flew it. Rani Chennamma, who was a (literal) queen and went to war with the British. Nell Gwynn, one of the greatest hoes in English history. Coccinelle, the first known trans woman to be legally married in France, and Noor Inayat Khan, who may have literally punched Nazis.

And that's just eight of them.

So if you think that Nasty Women are a new thing, think again. They've always been around - you just haven't always heard of them. It's time to get learning. These are the 100 Nasty Women of History who gave zero f*cks whatsoever. These are the 100 Nasty Women of History whom everyone needs to know about, right now.

'A fun, hilarious read that will make a fantastic addition to your feminist library and historical knowledge'. Ann Shen, author of Bad Girls Throughout History.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: 100 Nasty Women of History (Hodder and Stoughton, UK, 2017); She Caused a Riot (Sourcebooks, US, 2018).