Heald’s Magnificent Women

Club member Henrietta Heald, whose William Armstrong: Magician of the North was shortlisted for the Best First Biography Prize (then sponsored by HW Fisher) in 2011, has written Magnificent Women and Their Revolutionary Machines, due from Unbound in September. The book has more than reached its funding target at the Unbound website, and is in pre-production, meaning that further supporters will not be listed in the back; but it is available for pre-orders. It is a portrait of the women, largely unrecognised, who were pioneering members of the Women’s Engineering Society. The society celebrates its centenary this year.