Bold, Brilliant and Bad

Bold, Brilliant and Bad

Irish Women from History

From every county in Ireland, meet women who made a real difference to the world we live in today. From creative craftswomen to singing sensations, poets to sporting champions, patriots, scientists and more, the stories of amazing women from our history are too often neglected and forgotten.

Paperback: €16.99
Paperback: 304 pages
Size:226x155 mm
ISBN: 9781788490184

E-Book (ePub): €11.99
Also available as an E-Book (ePub)
ISBN: 9781788490672

From every county in Ireland Bold, Brilliant & Bad draws together the stories of over 120 amazing Irish women. Marian Broderick is back to explore the histories of remarkable Irish Women in history. From creative craftswomen to singing sensations, poets to sporting champions.  From Lilian Bland to Maeve Binchy and from Anne O'Brien to Professor Sheila Tinney, these women paved the way for the future and made massive changes in their various fields.

Meet the women from history who went against the grain and challenged the expectations of the world. There were and are a force to be reckoned with.


Marian Broderick

Marian Broderick is a writer and editor who lives and works in London. She is second-generation Irish; her parents are from Donegal and Limerick. She spent every summer of her childhood in Ireland and has developed strong links with the place and the people. Wild Irish Women: Extraordinary Lives from History proved hugely popular on publication in 2001 and Marian furthered her research to bring the reader more wild Irish women in Bold, Brilliant & Bad: Irish Women from History (2018).

very interesting

Irish Times

a host of other neglected histories are retold her with gusto and admiration

astonishing, true-life stories … eye-opening anthology of audacious dames! Highly recommended, especially for public library World History and Women's History collections

Midwest Book Review

The badasses may be in a minority in Marian Broderick’s delicious directory of 36 fascinating Irish women, Bold, Brilliant and Bad – and the oldest profession the only outlet for much entrepreneurialism – but their stories tower

Anne Harris Irish Times

I hope there’s enough material for a third book and that you can find more unheralded Irish women that deserve to have their stories told!

Clare FM Gavin Grace, Morning Focus


Nenagh Guardian

Also by Marian Broderick:

Wild Irish Women
The Lost Fairy
Saint Patrick
Wild Irish Love
A Witch in a Fix

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